"Towards a Liberal-minded Society" Spain Local Custom Tip by DanielF
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Repressed under a brutal four-decade fascist dictatorship and stigmatized by a black legend that focused on the non less brutal Catholic inquisition and conquista of America, for many years, Spain's image in the world was that of a backward country of dusty roads and black-dressed mass-going old ladies. After more than 25 years, those stereotypes abroad are only partly gone, but, in the meantime, the country has not only caught up with the rest of Europe, but after passing a number of liberal laws, including the legalisation of homosexual marriage, Spaniards are now surprised to be in the lead of progressive countries, and admired for it.
In the fashion of a pendulum, after the terrible moral repression under fascism, Spanish society has turned into a liberal heaven and most people insist in making a point of living their lives the way they wish. As unbelievable as it might have seemed just a few decades ago, same-sex couples holding hands on the street, nudity on the beach and a rather explicit sexual content in many tv shows are common in today's Spain. Some people still do raise an eyebrow, but the majority does not seem to care.
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