Feminism | Posted by Vittoria F on 05/9/2011

The Catholic Church and Education

I live in a catholic country (Italy), in a small town and I go to a catholic and very conservative school.

I am not very religious and, most importantly, I am a feminist. This means I don’t agree with my religion teacher (who is a priest) most of the time, but at least he’s prepared to listen. Religion doesn’t interfere with our academic education, but we do get educated in a Catholic environment: Latin choir, masses, prayers in the morning, that sort of thing. I usually look forward to compulsory religion lessons on Tuesdays, not because I’m particularly passionate about the subject, but for the chance of interesting discussions, where I can express my own feminist views on certain subjects we talk about: abortion, birth control, homosexuality, divorce etc.

So …

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Feminism | Posted by Valentina V. on 02/18/2011

Silvio Berlusconi and Italian Women

You may have heard about the private behaviour of Silvio Berlusconi – the male chauvinist politician that opened his door to protégées and lovers. Add this to Italian culture of degrading media and the poor opportunities women have for careers and the world must be wondering how we can accept all this madness. A lot of Italian women are trying to find the answers to the complicated question (our reality), “Why do women always have to find a solution to excesses of male privilege? Why do we put up with it?”

For a young woman like me, who was born in and has always lived in Italy, the recent political incident that has shocked society seems to be the last chapter of a long tradition of a corrupted generation. I’m …

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Feminism | Posted by Valentina V. on 06/22/2010

Is This A Problem of Education?

I know this is a common topic of feminist conversations, but the problem comes back very often in my daily life: jealous (I should say almost mad) boyfriends who alienate their naive girlfriends.

Granted that I’m not referring to my personal case (I have a boyfriend who’s not even faintly allowed to tell me the things I can or can’t do), I’d like to hear what you think about it.

One of my best friends got involved 3 months ago with a boy who’s been chasing after her for almost 6 months. The situation is widespread: the nerd guy who runs after a pretty girl telling her he’s fallen in love with everything she does and at first courts her like medieval knights did to their ladies. But then, hell …

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Feminism | Posted by Valentina V. on 08/18/2009

More Women Employed, Fewer Leaders in Italy

A translated part from an article appeared on the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera” of 14/08/09.

Job & Career – Public employment: more women, few leaders
“In Italy The percentage of women mayors is increasing, even if just a little. In the last elections there were some new women as candidates. But we can’t still be happy. In the municipal administrations, even in the most important institutions, in the ministries and public offices, the number of women who work is equal and also higher than the men’s one. But leader positions are left on a male planet, which is most of times also sexist. And in a country which has expressed also important female personalities among the international scientific research, for example Rita Levi Montalcini and Margherita Hack, the most

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Feminism | Posted by Valentina V. on 08/3/2009

16 Years Old in Milan: The Reality of a Dangerous City


In these last years in Milan the female condition has generally become worse. I could say it has turned out to be unbearable.

A teenage girl isn’t free to live her life in a safe way, like men. Here they say: “You’re a young woman, you must be careful every time you go out.” And this is the reality: you wanna go out for a walk downtown with friends, wanna go to the cinema, wanna go to the swimming pool, anywhere you like. But remember one thing: when you’re not at home, you’re not safe. Never were.

It’s summer, the weather is sunny and hot, you’ve decided to go out shopping with a friend of yours. You’re in Milan: what should you put on? Not tops, not shorts; you’d better …

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