Fi­esta queen con­test axed

Lo­cal coun­cil says fi­esta queen tra­di­tion is 'a bit sex­ist'

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Kett skett@cb­

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.

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