I may not be crazy about this Spanish thing. I find this university course:
SPAN 0444A: Sex, Violence, and Culture
Sex, Violence, and Culture
In this course we will critically investigate the historical and contemporary manifestations of sexual violence within their cultural, biological, and individual expressions. We will also examine how gender--as a powerful category that shapes the way we see others and others see us-can be used to create a context for the justification of gender-based violence. Discussion and analysis of a wide variety of materials, including literary texts, essays, films, music, and videos, will form the basis of our exploration of the representation of sexual violence in Hispanic literature. Readings will include literary texts by authors Antonio Muñoz Molina, Roberto Bolaño, and Juan Bonilla, as well as theoretical texts by Fausto-Sterling, Katz, Brownmiller, Jensen, and O'Toole. (Two Spanish courses numbered 0350 or above, or by waiver.) 3 hrs. sem.
In the real world, there is a link to intimate partner violence (IPV):
"Although there have been inconsistencies and gaps in the literature in regards to whether higher rates of IPV exist among Hispanics after controlling for socioeconomic status, recent studies on health disparities provide evidence that Hispanics are disproportionately affected by IPV..."
Blood and Bravado: Violence, Sex, and Spain in Pedro Almodóvar’s film Matador
The films of Pedro Almodóvar, one of the most well-known filmmakers from Spain, reveal in many ways a broad interest in different types of human experiences and lifestyles. His works regularly invert traditional gender and sexual roles in society and present stories of rebellious teenagers, tortured lovers, desperate housewives, taboo romances, transgender and transvestite characters, and dysfunctional families, to name a few. In fact, most of Almodóvar’s films revolve around unorthodox human identities and behaviors, often portraying the dark side of sexual or romantic relationships among his unusual characters and the scenarios of their lives. Since Almodóvar’s beginnings as a filmmaker of the counterculture, punk-inspired phenomenon known as the movida in Madrid during the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Spanish director has continued to create films that question the limits of genre conventions and cultural traditions in a highly ironic and outlandish fashion. His most recent film, The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito), first released in August 2011, continues Almodóvar’s cinematic signature trends by focusing upon an obsessed plastic surgeon in love with the memories of the past and the possibilities of molding the visual and exterior human characteristics for the future.