Citizenship Income Reform: taking sexual difference into account

The employment situation and wage levels of women -with strong regional variability- are very different between women and men. This was also the case for income, which also had a positive effect on the birth rate. This is why changing the institution requires a careful assessment of the so-called 'gender impact': an 'equal' reform could have unequal effects according to gender

The need for a citizenship income reform is now recognised across the board, albeit with different approaches and solutions. The Meloni government has presented its plan in progress. But the consideration of what is called the 'gender impact' -that is, the evaluation of the effects of the reform on women- still seems insufficient, generally underestimated by analyses. In a social situation and in a labour market like the Italian one, where women are strongly disadvantaged both in [...]

Prostitution 'clients' know full well that they are committing violence

Research on sex buyers shows that men are fully aware that prostitution is violence, that criminal organisations keep women in fear and that there is no 'regulation' that holds. But they only stop if they risk a criminal conviction, as is the case in Sweden, Norway, Canada, France, Ireland, Israel and other countries that have introduced the abolitionist model. Otherwise, they continue to consider date rape as their right

by Julie Bindel Germany is known as the brothel of Europe. It is a hard-won title. With more than 3,000 brothels across the country, and 500 in Berlin alone, its sex trade is worth more than £11 billion a year. Prostitution, in all its forms, has been legal in Germany since the end of World War II. Recently, however, attitudes are changing. People and politicians are asking the government to take notice of the so-called 'pimp state' and [...]

Iranian Beauty

In Iran, female beauty becomes the lever of a real revolution: nothing like the mortification-commodification of bodies that is propagated as freedom in the West. The struggle to be able to be a woman reveals the'hypocrisy of the queer

It is now almost two months since the Iranian girls' revolt against the veil began, an irrepressible wave that every day produces new images, new content, a breath of fresh air compared to certain narratives about women in the Islamic world, but also a mirror that reveals how much of an artefact there is behind so many politically correct watchwords of intersectional feminism or transfeminism. First, the veil is not a free choice, nor is that feminist empowerment about which we have been bombarded by [...]

Belgium, new feminicide law. To be studied

In Europe, male violence is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 16 and 44. Belgium equips itself with a new law that for the first time legally defines feminicides in order to develop policies based on official statistics. Keeping in mind that violence is a device of male domination

Stop the slaughter of women. This is the meaning of the new 'law on the prevention of and fight against feminicides, gender-based crimes and the violence that precedes them' adopted at first reading in the Council of Ministers on 25 October in Belgium. Deposed by the Secretary of State for Gender Equality, Sarah Schlitz (Ecolo/Verdi), the framework law for the first time legally defines feminicides in order to develop combat policies based on official statistics. And in [...]

The name of the premier

Giorgia Meloni is not a feminist. Her history is not this. She has not shared in the long battles over language, over declension into the feminine instead of the neuter-masculine. But language today is a battleground that structures the most important political issues. And it deserves further reflection on her part

Giorgia Meloni is not a feminist. That is not her story. No woman on the right or centre-right who has held important political office, from Thatcher to Merkel, has ever called herself a feminist. Hence the non-sensitivity to the feminine declination of office, to which feminism instead attaches importance. Even if Angela Merkel at the end of her long chancellorship, during a meeting with the writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, agreed to call herself a feminist. According to Alice Schwarzer, founder of the [...]

England: new guidelines for 'trans' minors

While Spain is about to approve the horrifying Ley Trans, which allows the transition of girls from the age of 12 even if their parents oppose it, the English health service closes once and for all with the so-called pharmacological 'affirmative approach' (puberty blockers) practised for years and points to psychological treatment as the priority route. And in Italy? For the Italian Society of Paediatrics, these drugs do not cause any problems and their effects are completely 'reversible', a fact denied by several studies

The English health service (NHS) has published a new draft of guidelines for the treatment of children with gender dysphoria (full text here), pending the results of the Cass Review, an independent enquiry commissioned by the British health minister and led by paediatrician Hilary Cass (see here), which will lead to a complete restructuring of services dedicated to gender non-conforming children. After the closure of the Tavistock clinic -which we told you about here-, NHS puts a definitive end to the so-called [...]

Women-containers: pro-life and pro-utero for hire see eye to eye

For one and the other, the female body must make itself available to 'produce' the unborn child by renouncing the possibility of choice once pregnancy has begun. But a new life only really begins when there is a maternal yes: a fact that is unattainable and unattainable by law. Otherwise the only possibility is compulsion.

At least three things can be said about the bill filed by Maurizio Gasparri to amend Article 1 of the Civil Code and introduce into our legal system the recognition of the legal capacity of the conceived 'with the intention of preventing voluntary abortion in any form, whether legal or clandestine'. The first: it is highly unlikely that the bill will reach parliamentary halls. The immediate consequence of its approval would be the substantial inapplicability of law 194 because abortion would in fact be tantamount to murder. None of the majority forces [...]

The symbolic is political

Giorgia Meloni's 'no' to Silvio Berlusconi's wishes has been described as a nemesis: a young woman who sinks the old leader -'dragon devourer of virgins' defined him as the 'ex-wife' - and does not shy away from friends and foes alike. An unexpected twist in our misogynistic politics. Although the future premier has never called herself a feminist

Pompous, overbearing, arrogant and insulting. And she shortly replies that she is not to be blackmailed. In short, to paraphrase another famous exchange, 'not at disposal'. The major newspapers have already spoken of nemesis. The Cavaliere put under by a woman much younger than him, Giorgia Meloni, who at 45 could be the first to lead a government in Italy: hard accounts with her father, after all, are part of her biography. On the opposite front, the [...]
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24 September 2022
SPAIN: SOCIALISTS AGAINST THE TRANS LEY
Unlike their Italian counterparts from the PD and the left who stand for free gender identity, the Spanish progressives break with the PSOE's transactivist policies in defence of women and children. In their manifesto the excellent arguments against what, if passed, could be the worst transactivist law in the world
Breaking with its party, the PSOE, and sending a signal to the women of the European left, who are generally aligned in defence of transactivist diktatism, the Federación de Mujeres Progresistas launches a courageous manifesto against the Trans Law wanted by the governing majority in Spain (PSOE and Podemos) and being approved by an emergency procedure, without an effective parliamentary debate or a wide public discussion. The initiative also comes in response to the clamorous break between historical Spanish feminism -united in the Contraborrado cartel- [...].
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14 September 2022
Perhaps gender identity does not exist
If it is the biologist Anna Fausto-Sterling, the first to speak about it in the 1990s, the inspiration of Judith Butler and the founder of gender theory, who is in doubt, then perhaps we are at a clamorous and definitive turning point. Stop trans laws before it is too late!
If Judith Butler is The Queen of Gender, Anna Fausto-Sterling is its goddess: zoologist, biologist and lecturer in gender studies -now at Brown University- starting from the rare genetic condition of intersexuality in the early 1990s, she was the first to attack the concept of sexual binaryity, arguing that sexuality is a spectrum and that at least five sexes can be identified ('come on, it wasn't a theory, I was being ironic, it was just a provocation' she later said. But in vain). [...]
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11 September 2022
Trans-Europe: Ireland, UK, Spain, gender laws high on political agendas
While the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss works to block gender self-certification in Scotland, the Iberian government prevents the parliamentary debate on the Ley Trans, which allows sex change even for 12 year olds, to go for approval in a hurry: that is why Spanish feminists break with the left and open dialogue with the Popular Party. Meanwhile in Ireland a professor is arrested for refusing to use fluid language
A teacher at an Irish Christian school, Enoch Burke, was suspended and then arrested for refusing to name a transgender student with a neuter pronoun. Meanwhile, new British PM Liz Truss is reportedly trying to block Scotland's plans to allow self-identification for transgender (self-id) people and has asked lawyers for advice on how to 'pause or prevent' the reforms. Truss, head of the equalities brief as well as a former foreign minister, was instrumental in ruling out [...]
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30 October 2021
Zan draft law: calling things by their name
El verdadero nombre del proyecto de ley de Zan, bloqueado hace unos días en el Senado, debería haber sido "Proyecto de ley sobre la autocertificación de género" y no contra la homotransfobia. Ese era el verdadero objetivo, la autoidentificación, y por eso la ley se ha estancado. Sacrificar la legítima protección de las personas homosexuales y transexuales a la arrogancia del transactivismo queer.
Un breve comentario, tras archivar el proyecto de ley Zan sobre la homobi-transfobia, destinado principalmente a las hermanas y amigas no italianas que nos piden explicaciones; y a las italianas que aún no tienen claro lo que pasó. Hace más o menos un año, el proyecto de ley de Zan contra la homobiotransfobia fue aprobado en la Cámara de Diputados en medio del silencio y la desatención general. En ese momento, los medios de comunicación ocultaron por completo el debate, [...]
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25 October 2021
Purple avalanche in Madrid
No to the Ley Trans. Stop pornography, prostitution, uterus for rent. Spanish feminism united in a huge demonstration to impose a political agenda free from transfeminist and queer intrusiveness, sending a signal to women all over Europe.
2000 women according to government sources, 6000 participants, gathered in Madrid from all corners of the Spanish peninsula and islands. A meeting that surprised the feminists themselves, who wanted to give a strong signal: FEMINISTS ARE THERE. We are not the minority. A union that has had as its objective the vindication of the main forms of oppression of women that feminism wants to eradicate from Spanish society: -Prostitution and pornography -Other for rent -Gender as [...]
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30 September 2021
Spain: Psoe feminists put obstacles in the path of the Trans Law
After the recent about-turn by the Spanish socialists, who had come out in favour of the Trans Law, the party's feminists are reopening the debate, proposing amendments against gender identity for the next Federal Congress. These have met with grassroots approval, while the leadership is currently silent.
The feminist collective of the PSOE presented amendments to some points of the programme at the party's 40th Federal Congress that would violate equality policies. In particular, the aim is to avoid "the introduction of formulations that imply setbacks for equality policies" and therefore for "the guarantee of women's recognised rights". "Replacing sex with gender" explain the signatories "prevents a proper analysis of the social, economic and political reality in the face of inequalities" as well as "jeopardising the necessary disaggregation [...]
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7 July 2021
Meeting ContraBorrado: LEY TRANS & DDL ZAN
ContraBorrado and RadFem Italia jointly analyse the similarities between the "Ley Trans" in Spain and the Zan bill in Italy.
Live with Ángeles Álvaréz, referent of ContraBorrado and one of the most important representatives of Spanish radical feminism. Together with Marina Terragni and Sara Punzo as interpreter from Spanish to Italian, we analyse the similarities between the so-called "ley trans" and the Zan bill. We explain how pro "gender identity" laws harm minors, statistics and women's rights and protection laws. We look with critical feminist perspective at the position of the Italian left and right political parties [...]
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20 June 2021
Spain reopens Ley Trans: PSOE's sudden turnaround
After having long obstructed the law proposed by Podemos, and in particular free gender self-identification, the socialists are changing course. Perhaps following the recent electoral defeat in Madrid. On 29 June, Pride time, the government will discuss the text fought by feminism. Which looks very much like the Zan ddl
Stalled since February, the negotiations for the Ley Trans in Spain have suddenly resumed. Internal sources have confirmed that the government has unblocked the process for the law - which had been stopped thanks to the abstention of the PSOE, ed. - which is expected to be brought to the Council of Ministers on 29 June, in the middle of the Pride celebrations. The big obstacle that the members of the Executive, Podemos and PSOE, had to face was the so-called free self-determination of gender, which presupposes that the will of a [...]
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3 June 2021
A feminist named Lorena
The Canary Islands passed a law allowing self-certification of gender. And only two days later, a murderer on trial for abusing and killing his cousin, declares himself a woman in order to escape the aggravating circumstances of a sexual offence. And to be detained in a women's prison. A case that shakes Spain
Feminists have been warning for a long time. And it is happening. For months Spanish feminism has been doing a great job of informing the public about the so-called "Ley Trans", which introduces the self-determination of "gender" -instead of sex- without a path of transition and psychological accompaniment, a proposal by Irene Montero, Podemos' Ministra De Igualdad. Madrid has made it clear that the proposal is not supported by the central government and has distanced itself from it, as stated by Vice-Premier Carmen Calvo, PSOE. Just a fortnight ago, [...]
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19 May 2021
Spain stops the Ley Trans. Germany as well
A great victory for Spanish feminism: the government split over the Trans Law, which introduced self-certification of gender, and the abstention of the Psoe blocked the process. A similar law was blocked in the Bundestag. After the stop to self-id in the UK, the transactivists are still in the corner. A boomerang for the Zan bill as well
With 78 votes in favour, 143 against and 120 abstentions, the process of the Ley Trans in Spain (gender self-determination) has come to a halt. This is not a definitive victory: Podemos, which proposed the law, announced it would not stop. But the party came out strongly weakened by the recent administrative vote, a débâcle after which the leader Pablo Iglesias decided to leave politics. Podemos has lost much of its contractual strength. Hardly [...]
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22 March 2021
Carmen Calvo, Spain's valiant vice-premier. After the no to the Ley Trans she is now thinking of an anti-prostitution law
The Spanish vice-premier Carmen Calvo -Psoe- does not let herself be conditioned or intimidated by the trans-feminist mainstream (which tries to intimidate her in every way, see here). And in addition to opposing the Ley Trans strongly desired by her government colleague, the minister of Igualdad Irene Montero (Podemos) - a law which is compactly opposed by Spanish feminism - she now announces a law against prostitution. That Calvo is an inspiration for the policies of the Italian left, particularly those that support free "sex work" and [...]
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12 March 2021
Spain: left-wing women rebel -finally- against the Podemos transcult and break with the party and Ley Trans
While the Italian left, women included, silently suffers Cirinnismo and Boldrinismo and its transcult (just in these days the news of an appeal by the International House of Women in Rome in support of Monica Cirinnà as mayor, see here), the militants of the Spanish left, Podemos and Izquierda Unida, are revolting en masse against the Ley Trans (see here) proposed by the Minister of Igualdad of their own party, Irene Montero, the local Cirinnà (Psoe has always opposed the law), denouncing the "imposition" of [...]
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