Dominio femminile, oppressione maschile: un nuovo secondo sesso?
by Elena Dalla Torre
This essay constitutes a short critical reflection on the anti-feminist position of Fabrizio Marchi, founder of the movement “Uomini Beta,” whose “philosophy” of masculism is articulated in response to the consolidated tradition of Italian Feminism, which often ignored the masculine condition. In such philosophy, which we could ironically call of a new second sex, the oppressed male—the victim of a socio-economic model based on success and financial wealth—stands in opposition to the dominant woman,
Never Felt So Good by Rossana Campo. Translation of Excerpt, with Critical Introduction
by Adria Frizzi
Over the past twenty years Rossana Campo has established herself as one of the most interesting authors in contemporary Italian literature. Her writing is characterized by its heavy reliance on the spoken register and focus on the female voice and experience. Never Felt So Good (1995) unfolds during a dinner party among girlfriends.
Femminicidio: chi ha paura della differenza?
by Patrizia Violi
In this article, Patrizia Violi aims at demonstrating that femminicidio is not a state of emergency but rather one of normalcy. It is a constant presence in the everyday life of gender relations, ubiquitous in the world and at any given time in history, the peak of the iceberg of a much broader and general phenomenon: the domination of male over female.
Il femminicidio in Italia: tra mancanza di statistiche ufficiali e impatto mediatico
by Anna Pramstrahler
Even though widespread discussions around “femminicidio” take place today in Italian mass media and social networks, there is currently no official data available on the phenomenon. In this short article, Anna Pramstrahler discusses the pioneering role of Casa delle Donne per non subire violenza, the first non-profit association to register, since 2005, the names and numbers of women killed by men in Italy.
L’alfabeto della violenza. Lo spettacolo Doppio Taglio e le rappresentazioni del femminicidio nei media italiani
by Cristina Gamberi
According to statistics by international organizations and Italian anti-violence centers, male violence is the first cause of death for women in Italy. One woman out of three experiences male violence, in various forms: harassment at work, rape, threat, or humiliation. However, considering the complexity of this phenomenon, how do Italian newspapers narrate feminicide?
(Self)Representations of Motherhood in Ada Negri’s Stella mattutina
by Ioana Raluca Larco
This article focuses on the figure of the mother as represented in Ada Negri’s autobiographical novel Stella mattutina (1921); such an image transgresses the patriarchal model of the passive and self-sacrificial woman-mother, so predominant in the 1800’s and the first half of the following century. Through feminist lenses (i.e., Jessica Benjamin, Luisa Muraro), I discuss how Negri restores here the mother’s subjectivity by depicting her also as an individual,
Matteo Garrone’s Gomorra: A Politically Incorrect Use of Neapolitan Identities and Queer Masculinities?
by Marcello Messina
Taking as a starting point John Champagne’s recent argument about the queer representations of Italian masculinity contained in Garrone’s Gomorra, this paper aims to connect the queer masculinity of the film’s characters with the negative judgement on their lives and actions suggested by the film. In particular, it will be argued that queerness is used alongside the Neapolitan-ness of the characters to portray them as Others,
Subverting Masculinity or Suppressing the Unmanly? Gender Alterity in Palazzeschi and Capuana’s Treatment of the Incorporeal Man
by Martina O’Leary
“Subverting Masculinity or Suppressing the Unmanly?” presents a critical examination and comparison of unreal corporeal depictions of masculinity in Palazzeschi’s Il codice di Perelà and Capuana’s ‘L’invisibile’. These works present strikingly similar protagonists, who themselves affirm the attribute of lightness to be their defining characteristic, and who are made of,
Book Review: Aesthetic Modernism and Masculinity in Fascist Italy by John Champagne
By Alessio Ponzio
Book Review: Bianco e Nero: Storia dell’identità razziale degli italiani by Gaia Giuliani and Cristina Lombardi-Diop
by Shelleen Greene