Good Sex Heats Up Politics in Ecuador

Lawmaker wants women's satisfaction protected by law
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2008 4:28 PM CDT
Soledad is pushing to give women the constitutional right to pursue sexual pleasure.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Politics are getting steamy in Ecuador these days. Maria Soledad Vela, a member of the nation's ruling party, wants to give Ecuadorian women the right to seek sexual happiness. Her proposal is sparking controversy in the conservative country, where women are traditionally seen as sexual objects or child bearers, the BBC reports.

One opposition lawmaker accused Vela of trying to mandate orgasms, while another has labeled her notion “ridiculous,” saying such matters should be kept private. Ecuador is currently rewriting its constitution, in part to improve the distribution of wealth and rights for indigenous and lower-class people. Vela sees no reason to exclude women's rights from the revision.