Giorgia's father

Stigmatised also from the left is Rula Jebreal's vulgar attack that places the blame for an unreliable and absent father on Meloni. Absence that may rather offer a key to her political rise to control of a male party. And also her focus on motherhood

In her vulgar attack, stigmatised by the right and the left, Rula Jebreal claims -on the basis of a Spanish press scoop- that 'Meloni's father is a notorious drug trafficker/convicted criminal who has served time in a prison' when she 'states that asylum seekers are criminals who want to replace whites' (again for the record, Meloni has announced that she will sue Jebreal for attributing this statement to her). The right-wing leader has never made any secret of her abandonment [...]

Feminism and the Right

In response to Julie Bindel, who considers the wall erected by the transactivist left but also the risks of an alliance with the right: in Italy, the historical novelty -a right-wing woman premier, Giorgia Meloni- further complicates the picture. What to do then? What is happening in Spain over the horrible Ley Trans perhaps points to a good way forward for everyone

Julie Bindel and Harvey Jeni take the bull by the horns: given that for too long there has been no possibility of dialogue with the left, can radical and gender-critical feminism look to the right without taking risks? This is a theme that we in Italy are well aware of and that agitated the entire election campaign that ended with the landslide victory of a right-wing woman, Giorgia Meloni, who has never declared herself a feminist. The fact that today the right in Italy is [...]

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- [...].

RU486 or abortion pill: myths, misunderstandings and business

Chemical abortion is sold as more free and self-determined, but it is not the solution for everyone: it is longer and more painful than surgery, sometimes less safe, and mostly serves to save the health system money, as the essay by three American feminists explains. Women must be guaranteed the right to be informed and to make an informed choice between the two options: here is a bill to make hospitals work

A few days ago we published 'When abortion matters to men'. In the post we mentioned the various methods of involuntary termination of pregnancy, including the abortion pill RU 486, also known as 'chemical abortion'. Chemical abortion is spoken of as a step forward in self-determination. Younger women in particular can get confused between 'morning-after' contraception (which must be taken within 72 hours of risky intercourse) and the abortion pill, with which pregnancy can be terminated up to the ninth week. [...]

When abortion matters to men

Totally ignored by the right and left in peacetime, the issue of abortion becomes central when men fight for their power. But if there is a 'Marche case' there is also a 'Emilia case', a red region: the same percentages of objection and no abortion pill in the consultatories. We women must not take part in this filthy dispute over our flesh, siding with one or the other supporters.

Women - or rather, so-called 'women's rights' - have been instrumentally thrown into the centre of this horrific election campaign, probably the worst ever. Not the low female employment rate, the gender pay gap, the lack of services that forces us into the living welfare part, violence and feminicide, the machismo of politics and all that we know and experience. The issue of issues is abortion, fished out of the oblivion in which it is normally confined -no party [...]

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). [...]

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 [...]

Elizabeth, the last matriarch

The missing queen wielded her power so skilfully that it was invisible. A profound influence that never backfired. Wisdom, an iron sense of duty, pragmatism, emotional control and no narcissism: these are the traits of sovereignty that make her a model of female authority

Gaby Hinsliff for The Guardian Stop all watches. Unplug the phone. For once, the opening lines of WH Auden's poem, Funeral Blues, seem appropriate to the moment. Like it or not, much of public life will come to a halt in the days of mourning as broadcasters suspend their programmes and a state funeral is prepared. However long it may have been predicted, the death of the longest reigning monarch in British history is a moment [...]
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29 August 2022
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The brutal murder of Alessandra Matteuzzi, hammered to death by her ex-boyfriend, is the perfect representation of every feminicide: the murderer is not someone who loses control, but one who restores it. Her death serves to restore the balance lost as a result of the abandonment. Violence is a function of domination. It's here that one must keep one's gaze to be able to stop it
The killing of Alessandra Matteuzzi, the Bolognese woman murdered by her ex with a hammer and an iron bench, is the plastic and perfect representation of the dynamics of every feminicide. Giovanni Padovani is not crazy, he is not a drop-out, he is a young man in perfect shape, integrated in the world, even a testimonial for campaigns against violence against women. In short, you would never have guessed it. Alessandra is subjected to constant and unprecedented harassment: she has to justify every movement, every breath, [...].
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15 March 2022
Twenty years of feminicides in Milan: a study
The research, conducted by the Institute of Forensic Medicine on 200 cases of murdered women, identifies certain constants and aims to contribute to 'putting an end to feminicide'. Even if the real solution is only one: the end of male domination.
The journal Science & Justice (volume 62-2, March 2022, pp. 214-220) published the study "Twenty years of femicide in Milan: A retrospective medicolegal analysis" (you can read it here). The study was conducted by Lucie Biehler-Gomez, Lidia Maggioni, Stefano Tambuzzi, Alessandra Kustermann, Cristina Cattaneo, the research team affiliated with the Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and Odontology (LABANOF) of the University of Milan and/or the Sexual and Domestic Violence Service (SVSeD) of the Policlinico [...].
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8 March 2022
8 March 2022 - 8 March 2023: Agenda for a year of feminism
Maternity, work, uterus for rent, gender identity, transition of minors, women's health, male violence, prostitution, politics and elections, women in the South, ecological transition: these are the issues we will be working on in the coming months, told in a meeting that you can see here. To take part in the work, write to radfemitaliarfi@gmail.com
Maternity, work, uterus for rent, gender identity, transition of minors, women's health, male violence, prostitution, politics and elections, women in the South, ecological transition. These are some of the issues addressed during the meeting attended by Alessandra Bocchetti, Monica Ricci Sargentini, Veronica Tamborini, Manuela Ulivi, Ilaria Baldini, Luana Zanella, Daniela Dioguardi, Marina Terragni, Assuntina Morresi, Elvira Reale. These are the objectives of the political work of the next few months: if anyone is interested in taking part in this work, choosing one of [...]
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10 November 2021
Canada: Alarm over male violence in women's prisons
Heather Mason, former prisoner and women's rights activist, tells RT News about the reality of women in prisons being sexually abused and violated by 'transgender' men with their male bodies intact in their cells. Here are their letters
In 2017, as the #MeToo movement exploded across the western world, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spontaneously and without warning gave the green light to transfer male inmates who call themselves women to Canada's federal women's prisons. Female inmates in Canadian prisons are at risk of violence from male inmates who identify as women, but no one is willing to discuss the issue for fear of being labelled transphobic. The [...]
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24 August 2021
Italian Taliban
Four femicides in 24 hours: Talibans are not only in Afghanistan. Everywhere in the world one sex is oppressing the other, and violence is a function of domination. We cannot consider our Afghan sisters as "us" and "them". The fight for women's freedom is one and the same.
Four femicides in 24 hours. Four women were killed by men related to them - husbands, fathers, boyfriends, former partners - simply because they were women. A mother and a daughter in Carpiano, near Milan. A wife in the province of Bologna. A girl, killed by her former boyfriend, in Aci Trezza, in the province of Catania. The details of such events are useless if not to confirm, once again, the inefficacy of the measures of protection: those who should [...]
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10 June 2021
Wonders of gender identity: the woman rapist
Police Scotland says that a rapist who calls himself a woman will be registered as a woman, even if he has a penis. The Scottish feminists are addressing the Parliament against this absurd abuse, which would fill the statistics of female rapes. So much for fake news, as Zan's supporters say. Here is The Times
Wherever gender self-certification or self-id is in force, women's spaces are violated by men who identify themselves as women - we said this the other day in the Senate hearing. In addition to bathrooms, changing rooms, hospital wards, prisons, work and political quotas, sports and so on, there are also statistics, and in every sector. On this, too, gender-critical feminism is accused of spreading fake news. We have also been accused by the centre-left senators who support the Zan ddl and [...]
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1 June 2021
In the Zan bill an additional weapon for violent men
The law is also against 'misandry', Zan keeps repeating, using a term invented by violent males. There is a serious risk for women: if PAS is not enough, they will find themselves accused by their ex-boyfriends and their lawyers of a new false crime.
Feminism's criticism of the Zan bill, in addition to the central issue of gender identity, also includes the inclusion of misogyny among the behaviours that can be sanctioned as hate crimes. The term 'misogyny' does not appear in the text, but that of 'sex'. To be precise, it speaks of 'Measures to prevent and combat discrimination and violence on grounds of sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability'. Those who have closely followed the drafting of the text will know [...]
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18 April 2021
Zan bill: gender identity can cost women victims of violence a lot of money
The gender identity at the heart of the Zan bill, as we have said many times, introduces a principle of absolute vagueness into a criminal law. In simple terms: gender identity being something undefined, vague, phantasmal and perfectly equivocal, it does not allow citizens to precisely identify the object of the crime, does not guarantee the necessary clarity and does not therefore protect them from the risk of violating the law without knowing it. This is not permitted by our Constitution, which requires "taxability and [...]
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17 March 2021
Lesbian' prostitution: 'comfort women' for depressed women in Tokyo
In the Japan of 2020, women's bodies are still a kind of comfort that can be bought and consumed when needed. "Comfort women" first for the Japanese army, then for allies, then for employees on company outings, and now for other women as well. It is the so-called "lesbian prostitution" (lesbian fūzoku). This is not prostitution within the lesbian community, but an attempt to expand the prostitution "market" to women. A [...]
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15 March 2021
Sarah Everhard case: more and more women killed by men, but liberal feminism thinks of male and trans rights
Never as much as in these days Italian women should feel close to British women: the feminicide of Sarah Everard, 33 years old kidnapped and killed for whose death a policeman, Wayne Couzens, has already been arrested, has made the vase of oppression, abuse and male violence against women and girls of all ages overflow (the number of feminicides in the UK is similar to the Italian one: on average a woman killed because she is a woman every three days). The remains [...]
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21 February 2021
Clara and the others, killed by men: Recalcati's analysis leads us astray
Because she was sure it would end like this, Clara Ceccarelli, killed with thirty stab wounds in Genoa by the ex-boyfriend who had been torturing her for over a year, went to pay for her own funeral a fortnight ago. She did not want to get her son and old father into trouble. She was hyper-responsible. She was strong and thought of everyone. She wanted, as they say, to leave things in place. This is the horror that Clara lived in. Her terrible loneliness, her resignation. She knew that [...]
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5 February 2021
Changing gender in Malta: Mediterranean self-id against women
Few people will be aware of this, but since 2015 in Malta it is possible to change gender (from male to female or from female to male) with a simple self-declaration, i.e. without diagnosis, expertise, drug therapies or surgery. Among the countries where self-id is in force, Malta is the one geographically and culturally closest to Italy (assuming Spain does not soon approve the Ley Trans). Gender identity is the cornerstone of Zan's law on homobi-transphobia, already approved by the House: the [...]
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