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Women's sexuality in Francoist Spain was defined by the Church and by the State. The purpose in doing so was to have women serve the state exclusively through reproduction and guarding the morality of the state. Women's sexuality could only be understood through the prism of reproduction and motherhood. Defying this could have tremendous negative consequences for women, including being labeled a prostitutebeing removed from her family home, being sent to a concentration campa Catholic run institution or to a prison.

It was only after the death of Franco in that women in Spain were finally allowed to define their own sexuality. Understanding Francoist imposed definitions of female sexuality is critical to understanding modern Spanish female sexuality, especially as it relates to macho behavior and women's expected responses to it.

Female bodies were stripped of their physicality and the regime did everything in their power to desexualize them. They existed for reproductive purposes. Clothing norms were equally restrictive as they were deed to further emphasize the asexual nature of women. Women were required to dress demurely, with long sleeves or elbow, no necklines, long and loose materials. Women were taught that their role was to belong to one man and one man only.

Female virginity became very important, and women who lost their virginity before marriage were considered to have dishonored themselves and their families.

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They could be kicked out of their homes, be institutionalized, or be forced to take steps to hide evidence of loss of virginity by having clandestine abortions or engaging in infanticide. Lesbians were not recognized, as they challenged the regime narrative that women's sole purpose was to procreate. The regime tried everything they could to render lesbians invisible. Despite this, lesbians created their own underground culture.

Hispanic eugenics and pronatalism were viewed as key components of addressing the decline in the Spanish birth rate and the need for an increased population size to serve the needs of the Spanish state during the Francoist period. Policies around this eugenics program involved bans on abortion, infanticide, contraception and information around contraception.

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This practice was started as policy during the Dictatorship of Primo de Riveradiscontinued by the Second Republic and then picked up again as a national level policy by Francoists. Anything that was viewed by the state as interfering with women's reproduction activities and increasing the size of the Spanish population size were viewed as being in opposition to the state. All activities that stopped this began to become defined by the regime as crimes.

Because of state eugenics policies, women were unable to define their own sexuality in the Francoist period. Controlling women's sexuality was about the belief that doing so would make Spain a morally superior country. Women were defined in Francoist Spain exclusively around the reproductive needs of the state, with women's sexuality only being allowed to expressed in that context.

Voluntary dependency, the offering of every minute, every desire and illusion is the most beautiful thing, because it implies the cleaning away of all the bad germs—vanity, selfishness, frivolity—by love. This included being labeled a prostitute or sent away to a facility to try to change them into more moral women. Prisons were used as places to try to reshape women's sexuality.

Women's magazines were co-opted by the state to pressure women to conform to the state's definition of sexuality. The magazine told women how they should behave in the context of married life. Issues of marital gender violence often came up. Student protests in the s began to be a period where women's sexual liberation started to happen on university campuses. On the whole, these protests though were much more liberating for men and male sexuality than women, who might accompany men along as part of demonstration.

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Starting in the s, the feminist movement has started a movement to give women control over their own bodies and reproductive capacity, something which they believed men had historically controlled through coercion and violence. Sexuality is covered in this context using a variety of political and cultural concepts, including abortion, gender roles, violence against women, reproductive health, contraceptives, family planning, sexual orientation and marriage.

Sexuality is a private thing which requires the contradictory need to be discussed in a public political and legal context to insure that rights around sexuality cannot be ignored or separated from other aspects that can result in a loss of rights. The definitions of women's sexuality in the Francoist period are important for understanding the climate around women's sexuality in the s, especially as it relates to macho behavior and women's expected responses to it.

In Francoist Spain, the female body was stripped of its physicality and made into a desexualized object. They existed only for utilitarian reasons only. In the earlier Franco period, this ideal feminine form was one with wide hipsprominent breasts and round faces. It would change, after the post war period, to involve women who were thinner by choice, as opposed to a result of starvation. Physical education for women was often frowned upon by the regime. Some sports like athletics were discouraged because participation in them was considered masculinizing.

Attractive women were also much more likely to be flat chested. This notion of female beauty and body type was found in literature of the Francoist period. Released inthe naked breast largely passed without comment as it was attached to a nursing mother, and breasts of nursing women were consider asexual.

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Women themselves had contradictory desires over their own idealized form. On the one hand, women wanted to be slender, but on the other, they wanted prominent breasts and hips and to be voluptuous. Many of these women, no matter the contradiction in their beliefs around beauty, strove to maintain a beautiful external physical appearance for the purpose of finding a good husband.

She wanted a body that was sexual, but that also ified she was caring and loving. At the same time, her thoughts around her own body had to be guarded as there were social consequences for appearing vain or coquettish. Good, wholesome, innocent and pure girls did not appear to give considerations for their body shape. It is not in good taste or good manners to display it blatantly; our education and our coquetry will agree to what extent discretion and decency allow us to reveal our charms. Women were prohibited from wearing shorts or transparent materials.

The regime purpose for this was to try to force women not to gain attention as a result of their bodies. The clothes could not be short and much less show through. Young women should not go out alone or be accompanied by men who were not from the family.

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During the Franco regime, women were required to cover their hair in many contexts. This was to prevent them from showing their femininity and being sexual beings. Veils were quite common among conservative Catholic women even into the s. Women tried to fight these definitions in the s by having short hair and wearing pants. Female sexuality as defined by the regime involved the woman being the property of one man.

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Despite strong societal pressures during the s for girls to remain virgins until marriage, Serrano Vicens, not. This contrasted with their male counterparts who lost their virginity to prostitutes or maids and other women in employ in their households.

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Society dictated that they demonstrate their virility and masculinity by having sex with many women. At the same time, they were also culturally charged with protecting women's virginity. Teenaged girls could become wards of the state through Patronato de Proteccion a la Mujer. Starting in and lasting untilgirls were taken to centers run by nuns as part of a state goal to rehabilitate the "fallen".

Girls put into these reformatories were subject to virginity tests conducted by nuns. This was done on a daily basis, with girls forced to sit on a hospital bed where a doctor would ask them if they were a virgin. After they said yes, the doctor would imply they were liars and then put a stick up a girl's vagina to check without her consent. Many girls became hysterical during this process. Homosexuality was, according to the regime, a form of sexual aberration. They hid their identities from family, friends, their church community and their employers. The clandestine nature of their relationships rendered lesbians invisible and prone to having collective imagery about them negatively defined by the state and its apparatus.

It could also lead to isolation, as they cut ties to groups who might discover they were lesbians. This included religious and social groups. Because of the Franco regime's beliefs about women, including an inability to understand lesbianism, there was an underground culture available for lesbian women. Where multiple men using public urinals was suspect, girls having parties without boys in attendance was viewed less circumspectly as it was assumed by many that they were being pure by not inviting boys. Their invisibility protected lesbians in ways that it did not protect men because many people believed lesbianism did not exist.

They also created their own spaces where they could feel free, including placed near Parallel and las Ramblas in Barcelona. There were arguments at the time over the way to be both a feminist and a lesbian. Despite gay men being the more visible homosexuals in the Franco and transition period, women writers would be at the forefront of normalizing homosexuality in literature for the average Spanish reader in the final Franco years and first years of the transition.

Women writers like Ester Tusquets were the first to break taboo subjects like female desire. Political feminism that saw lesbianism as a natural endpoint for women began to become a bigger theme in some feminist works of this period.

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