On the (profound) sexism of the Italian language
THE EARTH If she had had to sit through Sanremo 2021 a few weeks ago, linguist Alma Sabatini would have regretted many things, not least the insistence with which a conductor asked to be called director. However, I don't think she would have been dismayed or desperate. As a fine sociolinguist, Sabatini knew how deeply embedded in the language we have been given is an androcentric principle that organises the linguistic universe around a male speaker. He knew how rigged is the dimorphism of the fourteenth-century/Baroque language [...].