Spanish students call for end to male washing machine ban

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 5:43am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 May, 2014, 6:25am

Students at a university residence in Madrid are demanding an end to a long-standing ban on male students using the residence's washing machines.

Despite repeated calls for more than three years for a change in the rules, the code of conduct at the Duque de Ahumada de la Guardia Civil residence continues to specify that "use of the washing machines by male residents will result in expulsion, ranging from 15 days to three months, from the residence".

Male students at the dorm, which caters for the children and grandchildren of Guardia Civil officers, are instead instructed to quietly pass their clothes to female friends to be washed.

The association that represents Guardia Civil officers is demanding that the rule be changed. "What is being asked of residents is obsolete, unjust, sexist and borderline ridiculous," Francisco Cecilia, of the Unified Guardia Civil Association told El Mundo. "In today's world, it makes no sense that male residents would have to secretly pass their clothes to a female or visit a laundromat to do their laundry."

It's not the only antiquated rule that the students object to, he said. Male students are not allowed to enter rooms of female students, while others have complained about difficulty receiving visitors, "as if it were a prison instead of a residence" where students pay €465 (HK$5,000) a month. Officials at the residence were not available to comment.