13 October 2022

Boldrini is wrong

In the name of bigenitoriality and ideological paritarianism, the PD parliamentarian proposes an amendment to Article 37 of the Constitution, which speaks of the relationship between mother and child as deserving 'special protection'. It would be a great 'constitutional' gift to the lobby of separated fathers supported in particular by the League. And it would increase the risks for mothers and children
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Laura Boldrini announces its intention to immediately deposit in Parliament a series of proposals that it calls 'rights package'. Among them, the idea of a Amendment of Article 37 of the Constitution stating that

"The working woman has the same rights and, for equal work, the same wages as the worker. Working conditions must allow the fulfilment of its essential family function and ensure special appropriate protection for mother and child'..

Boldrini's intention is the removal of the reference to the 'special' protection of the relationship between mother and child in order to affirm 'the sharing of family and parental responsibilities of men and women'. A move in an equal sense, flattening the differences between mother and father and paradoxically goes to support -even in the Constitution- the aggressive paritarianism of separated fathers à la Pillon who for years has been crucifying hundreds of mothers accused of the most varied alienating activities, starting with PAS, against their children who are removed from them even by the use of public force.

On the face of it, Boldrini's proposal is in opposition, should not find majorities to be approved; but at a closer look, however, there is the risk that it will be supported by precisely those government forces that, starting with the League, represent the interests of the separated fathers' lobby in parliament.

Boldrini should therefore carefully re-evaluate his proposal, which goes in the direction of 'less mother': It is one thing to call for greater participation of fathers in the day-to-day management of their children, quite another to actively promote equal and ideological flattening.

We have always said that there is a need for 'more mothering' and not 'less mothering'; the intuition of the constituents must be safeguarded and indeed enhanced and translated into effective action, including a careful reconsideration of Law 54 on bigenitoriality which has already produced much injustice and suffering for women and children.

Let us say, more generally, that the mother-daughter relationship must become a universal model and political subject as a substitute for the unrelated individual armed with rights, for a change of civilisation in favour of all and sundry.

The crooked things in the world can largely be traced back to 'too little mother', and Boldrini's proposal ends up reinforcing this crookedness. Think again.

Marina Terragni


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