Sofia Vazquez-Mellado


‘Barbarities’: Ecuador’s president castigates ‘absurd’ and ‘dangerous’ gender ideology

Sofia Vazquez-Mellado

Quito, January 6, 2014 ( – In his last public address of 2013, Ecuador’s left wing president, Rafael Correa criticized gender ideology, calling it “absurd” and “very dangerous.”

“That natural men and women don’t exist, that biological sex does not determine man or woman, but ‘social conditions’ do, and that one has a right to choose if one is a man or a woman. Please! Come on! This won’t live up even to a minor analysis!” exclaimed the president.

“These are not theories,” he continued, “but pure and simple ideologies.”

He warned the public that these “ideologies” exist to “justify the lifestyle of those who generate them.”

“We respect them as persons,” he explained. “But we don’t share these barbarities.” 

He also said he was in favor of the feminist movement that seeks equal rights for men and women. “We support it wholeheartedly,” he said. 

Nevertheless, he declared himself against “fundamentalisms that propose absurd things.”

This, he said, doesn’t seek equal rights, but equality in all aspects: “That men look like women and women like men. Enough!” he said.

“Don’t try to impose this on the rest of us. And don’t impose it on the youth,” he said. 

“We are, thank God, men and women, different,” he continued, “complementary.”

He explained that he wasn’t trying to impose any stereotypes but said it was good that women keep their feminine traits and men keep their masculine ones. 

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“I prefer a woman that looks like a woman,” he said to an applauding public, “and I think women prefer men that look like men.” 

He warned his public that he’ll be called a “retrograde and a cave man,” for his remarks, but insisted gender ideology was “very dangerous” as it destroys natural family, which “happily, will continue to be the basis of our society,” he said.

 “I won’t be considered a leftist any more… If one is not for abortion one can’t be left wing.” 

“These are barbarities,” he exclaimed. “It has nothing to do with right or left… these are moral issues.”

As LSN reported last October, president Correa declared he would rather resign than pass a law that would liberalize abortion in Ecuador, turning back massive pressure from the United Nations and Human Rights Watch to do so. 

He also held a meeting last December, with homosexual rights leaders to assure them he would fight against discrimination at work and school, but he remained firm in his opposition to homosexual “marriage.”

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