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Tijuana’s 2011 bullfight season — during which six events took place — came to a close September 4 with a first in the city's history: all three matadors (or matadoras) were women.

The ladies killed six bulls Sunday afternoon. Frontera’s report pronounced the afternoon’s corrida as pretty much pedestrian, with only one of the women being awarded a ceremonial ear of a bull she slew, at the behest of the crowd.

Another matadora was tossed about by a bull in her second fight of the day and was pulled out of the ring and sent to the infirmary with injuries later declared minor. Her bull was finished off by one of the other ladies.

The bulls involved were said to be not of top-notch fighting stock, and there was an accusation of a rules violation regarding the playing out of the ancient Iberian drama of life and death.

Outside the ring, another group of women was protesting the performance of the bullfights, claiming that bringing children to see them was a form of child abuse and that witnessing such events increased violence in the community.

Spokeswoman Victoria Bravo said that her placard-wielding protesters represented “a call to conscience.” “We don’t want more violence in our cities,” she said outside Tijuana’s Bullring-by-the-Sea. “We want to live in peace. We want art and culture. We don’t want barbaric events where there is torture and maltreatment and where they allow the presence of minors.”

Bravo claimed that the protesters have been victims of violence, attacked and insulted by bullfight aficionados as they arrive or leave the stadium.

Pictured: Mari Paz Vega, one of the toreras who finished Tijuana’s bullfighting season.

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David Dodd Sept. 7, 2011 @ 9:35 a.m.

I'm not understanding how bullfighting is not part of art and culture, but okay. Maybe the protesters could make a dollar or two selling historical information on the origin of bullfighting. So far as the bulls, it has long been speculated that the stock is getting weaker and weaker every season. That likely has less to do with the fact that ladies were fighting the bulls and more to do with the decline in popularity of the sport in general.


TwoSpirit Sept. 8, 2011 @ 12:34 a.m.

I saw no one attacking the measly 8 protesters outside the bullring. They have the right to protest and we have the right to attend this ancient form of extreme performance art. The three women did well with a generally disappointing herd. Only 2 out of the 7 bulls were workable (one was illegally returned to the corrals after breaking a horn during the first act). The women were all valiant and gave their best. It would be nice to see them return next year to face a better grade of brave bull. They definitely sold more tickets than the men usually do.


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