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Brazilian lawmaker could lose political rights for sexist jibe

After sexist remarks about Ukrainian women, São Paulo lawmaker Arthur do Val could be banned from politics. Even after resigning from office

ukrainian women Arthur Do Val during debates in the São Paulo State Congress. Photo: Roberto Casimiro /Fotoarena/Folhapress
Arthur Do Val resigned after saying Ukrainian women “are easy because they are poor.” Photo: Roberto Casimiro /Fotoarena/Folhapress

Just days after war broke out in Ukraine, Arthur do Val, a state lawmaker in São Paulo, decided to head to the Eastern European country to “cover the conflict in loco” and “support the Ukrainian resistance.” Mr. do Val, best known in Brazil by his moniker Mamãe Falei, posted just about his every move in Ukraine on social media, including the “transformative” experience of helping locals manufacture Molotov cocktails. But the stunt aimed at enhancing his profile has now left him disgraced.

Upon his return early in March, a leaked audio message showed Mr. do Val gushing about Ukrainian women...

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