16 October 2022

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
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Pompous, overbearing, arrogant and abusive. And she shortly replies not to be blackmailed. In short, to paraphrase another famous exchange, 'not available'.

Major newspapers have already reported on nemesis. The Cavaliere put under by a woman much younger than him, Giorgia Meloni, who at the age of 45 could be the first to lead a government in Italy: hard reckoning with her father, after all, is part of her biography. On the other side, her own front, framed by another young woman, Licia Ronzulli, new Richelieu who sacrifices the leader to his powerful ambition. Le 'virgins as dragon fodder' of which he had spoken Veronica Lario, ex-wife of Silvio Berlusconi -another important symbolic passage- somehow redeemed by two politically antagonistic 'girls' who this time are devouring the dragon. With one important difference, quite apart from the contention that opposes them: if Ronzulli shows that he still needs a paternageMeloni quickly learned to do without.

Politics is also this. Perhaps it is above all this. The women's movement moved largely on the level of the symbolic. According to some points of view, for example that of psychoanalyst Antoinette Fouque, his plan is totally symbolic. A young woman dictating rules to powerful men is a suggestive fact because it is completely unexpected and -as read in the 'pizzino' of the Cavaliere- catches these men completely unprepared and incapable of adequate countermeasures.

Whichever way you look at it, whichever way you judge this historic transition -a woman, and a right-wing woman who has never called herself a feminist, leading the country- the old leader's mournful face with his notes, which for the first time, and by her decision, are worth waste paper, marks the birth of this legislature and photographs a surprising situation.

A symbolic leap that could perhaps carry weight for all of them.

Veronica Tamborini and Marina Terragni


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