Fiesta queen contest axed
Local council says fiesta queen tradition is 'a bit sexist'
GATA de Gorgos has axed the annual Fiesta Queen ' beauty contest' which opens the summer festivals, saying it is 'outdated' and ' an objectification of women'.
Every year in late July, local women who had turned 18 that year would parade in fiesta costume before the public and the one considered the most fun and charismatic, as well as the most attractive – and in many cases, the most 'middle class' – would be voted as winner and crowned Fiesta Queen.
No similar competition has ever existed for men.
Politicians on left-wing parties such as Compromís and JuGa – the local faction of Podemos – say it is time to put an end to an event which makes young girls 'decorative objects' to be 'leered at by local men'.
Also, they want to scrap the 'Fiesta Queen' title and do not want to create a 'Fiesta King' crown for the boys.
Instead, the 'monarchy' of the summer festivals will be called 'Representatives', because it ' sounds more democratic'.
They will be elected in pairs instead of individually, and criteria will be set which go beyond looks, popularity or social class.
Candidates can be couples – mixed, all-female or all-male – or pairs of friends or of family members, the council has decided.