Feminism in Italy

The London Times peels away the outer layer of gender relations in Italy, with the warning that looks are deceiving.

Yes, Italian men do less housework than in most ‘advanced’ countries. The ongoing saga of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi illuminates a deeply-seeded chauvinism towards women — or so it seems. Not so fast, cautions London times writer Sarah Vine.

Many Italians see the PM’s actions as ones of impotence, not virile masculinity. Vine argues that Italy continues to represent a matriarchal society, not as extreme as China’s Mosuo Matriarchy, but female centric, nevertheless.