There Are More Child Marriages Happening in 2015 Than You Think: A Q&A

Spain recently raised its minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16, and also upped the age for consent from 13 to 16. The BBC said last Thursday that, while only 365 marriages involving people under the age of 16 have occurred in Spain since 2000, there were 2,678 such marriages in the ‘90s and 12,867 in the ‘80s.
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Awesome Spanish Grandmas Star in New Dolce & Gabbana Ad

Dolce & Gabbana's Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by bullfighters, a glamorous and intricate take on the legends and traditions of Spain. And while their classic Euro fantasies have resulted in some extremely racist impulses in the past few years (that, too, is part of Olde Europe), this hyper-romanticized… » 12/25/14 4:00pm 12/25/14 4:00pm

​Thousands Rally Against Abortion in Madrid

Recently, the Spanish government withdrew plans to enact an insanely harsh bill that would have made abortion completely illegal in the country with the exception of rape or threat to the mother's life. While many hailed the move as a victory, today tens of thousands of people showed up to a rally protesting abortion… » 11/22/14 4:57pm 11/22/14 4:57pm

Farewell to the Duchess of Alba, Spain's Beloved 88-Year-Old Eccentric

Spain's Duchess of Alba, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva—a.k.a. Cayetana—has died at 88. You might remember her as the zero-fucks-given eccentric who famously caused a ruckus in 2011, when she decided to marry a man 25 years her junior. (He was her third… » 11/20/14 1:10pm 11/20/14 1:10pm

Spanish Nurse Is Ebola-Free, Family Pet Euthanized Despite Protest

Earlier this month, we brought you the story of María Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nurse who was the first person to be infected with ebola outside of Africa. Her story was especially heartbreaking because authorities chose to euthanize her dog in fear that he might spread the disease. Ramos is now disease-free.… » 10/21/14 5:10pm 10/21/14 5:10pm

Hugely Restrictive Abortion Bans Advance in Spain and South Dakota

Bullshit legislation decreeing that women shouldn't have control over their own bodies and their own reproductive agency is having a good week, it seems. Both in America and overseas, lawmakers are keeping their noses to the patriarchal grindstone, hard at work attempting to severely limit women's access to safe and… » 2/12/14 7:00pm 2/12/14 7:00pm

Spanish Moms Pose Semi-Nude for a Calendar to Raise Money to Pay for Their Kids’ School Bus

Times are tough in Spain, the Eurozone's fourth-largest economy. After its construction bubble popped and the rest of Europe realized that Spain needed a bailout like whoa, unemployment skyrocketed and now hovers stubbornly around 25 percent. The government's plan to assuage the country's creditors with a round of… » 12/31/12 12:15pm 12/31/12 12:15pm

Elderly Woman Who Botched Fresco Restoration Is Quickly Becoming an Internet Hero

Cecila Giminez, the Spanish woman who took it upon her humble self to "restore" a 100-year-old fresco in the church of her home village of Borja, has attracted the ridicule of many internet art critics, who have called her, um, reimagining of fresco Jesus both hedgehog- and monkey-like (a howler monkey, if we're… » 8/27/12 9:30am 8/27/12 9:30am

Spanish Dating Service Busses Women to Their Depressed Bridegrooms in the Country

In an effort to stop rural Spanish bachelors from sinking deeply into a self indulgent bog of loneliness and depression, organizers of a dating association called Asocamu are bussing city women from Madrid to small villages in central Spain. The hope in bringing women out to find an agrarian husband, says organizer… » 4/22/12 1:00pm 4/22/12 1:00pm

‘Packs of Young Men’ Are Driving the Boom in Spain’s Human Trafficking Industry

Recent news of the Spanish National Police rescuing a 19-year-old woman from a Romanian prostitution ring serves as a conspicuous bright spot in much larger narrative of Spain's sex tourism industry, which is unfortunately thriving due to what the New York Times describes as "packs" of young French libertines… » 4/07/12 1:30pm 4/07/12 1:30pm