The Body Politic
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QUITO, Ecuador, Oct 16 (Reuter) - Ecuadorean feminists reacted with outrage
on Wednesday to declarations by Energy Minister Alfredo Adum that he would
like to live naked and prey on women like a caveman, calling him a lunatic.
"I'd grab any woman I liked by the hair, take her back to my cave and
devour her. I'd satisfy my sexual and physical appetites because in those
days you ate women in both senses," the minister told Ecuadorean magazine
Adum said he would prefer to live without clothes as in the age of the
cavemen, when people had fewer prejudices. "If I could I'd walk around in
the nude. Sometimes I think the only difference between Cro-Magnon man and
Alfredo Adum is clothes," he explained.
Berenice Polit, of the feminist group Women for Democracy, condemned
Adum's comments as sexist.
"It is insulting to repeat the grotesque comments of Minister Adum. We
have analyzed his declarations and we considered them hurtful. But we
especially want him to consider that this sort of sexist comments must even
be frightening for his mother and his own daughter," she said.
"The Ecuadorean people did not vote for lunatics," she added.
Adum has been one of the more controversial members of the young
government of President Abdala Bucaram since it won power on a populist
platform in July. Bucaram has also raised eyebrows for his presidential
style. Last week he released his first compact disk of rock music, "A Madman
© 1996 Peter Langston