Worker yes. Minister no. Not even a woman
If there is one thing that Italian politicians all agree on, it is the erasure of women, starting with language. While the "progressive" left erases us with asterisks and schwa - a fake-inclusive language that brings everything back to the masculine - the right refuses to use the feminine for women in authority in institutions. But words are important because they make reality

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Incredibly - and with a secret vote, wickedly granted by President Casellati - a few days ago the Senate rejected the Maiorino amendment which authorized calling the women of the institutions by their name. An issue that has profound political relevance.

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There are many poets who over the centuries have made use of poetic license, that is, intentional grammatical, metric and syntactic errors with the intention of underlining a concept or altering the sound of the composition. On 27 July 2022 at Palazzo Madama it was decided that institutions will also make use of a license: the official language of the Senate Rules may not correctly use the Italian language. Also women, who according to every dictionary and the Accademia della Crusca should be senators and ministers, will instead be senators and ministers. Or better, will be canceled in the masculine passed off as neuter, in defiance of grammar.

The decision was sanctioned by 60 votes against, 16 abstentions and 152 votes in favor, a vote held by secret ballot at the behest of the right-wing parties. According to the statements released following the outcome of the ballot, it appears clear that it was the right-wing parties and in particular the Brothers of Italy who opposed the amendment promoted by Senator Alessandra Maiorino, five-star member.

It was published in 1934 “Thought and language”, considered the masterpiece of LS Vygotsky, Soviet psychologist and pedagogist. According to the scholar, the development of an individual's psyche is influenced by the social context and the historical period in which he finds himself, and consequently by culture and language, quoting: «The most important fact, discovered through the genetic study of thought and language, is that their relationship undergoes many changes. Progress in thinking and progress in language are not parallel. Their two development curves intersect several times".

Eminent scholars, such as B. Skinner, J. Piaget, J. Bruner and many others, have analyzed the link between thought and language, broadening and deepening the same thesis: language and thought influence each other and are never independent of each other.

It is therefore no coincidence that the feminine, in the definition of a profession, becomes a problem only when it comes to professions considered to be of authority or prestige. This is why, despite having the same ending, we can have waiter and waitress, nurse and nurse but not engineer. Similarly, we can go to a tailor or a seamstress, but to most people it seems cacophonous: lawyer instead of lawyer, arbitrator instead of arbitrator: doctor can be valid for a person, while doctor only for inanimate objects, such as a medical car. Terms such as rector, director, minister, senator, cannot be an exception. Language is the fruit of current culture, and yes in it too expresses patriarchal thought: places and professions of authority as well as those considered more prestigious must be male.

It is not a case that More and more often in the world, politics hesitates in answering the question "what is a woman?", a word that is becoming almost a taboo, but that is instead perfectly capable of recognizing women when there is the opportunity to invisibilise them, erase them from language and culture and finally exploit them by virtue of their sex.

Instead, I ask the electorates and voters a question: it is acceptable for a political party to refuse to recognize the identity of the population's 52%, going so far as to pretend to ignore grammar and the difference between grammatical gender and semantic gender?

There is also another side of the coin: those in parliament who are outraged by the failure to approve the Maiorino decree, but on the other hand sympathize with the self-id which empties the feminine of its biological identity. Parties who would willingly open up to an "inclusive" language to the point of erasing the very definition of "woman", to make it a vague idea conceived by male minds.

Valentina Aquenne

Still on the topic of language, a podcasts created by Claudia Arletti for La Repubblica.


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