Download e-book for iPad: Gender, Family and Sexuality: The Private Sphere in Italy, by P. Willson

By P. Willson

ISBN-10: 0230294154

ISBN-13: 9780230294158

ISBN-10: 1349514551

ISBN-13: 9781349514557

This energetic choice of essays offers more than a few cutting edge examine at the heritage of the personal sphere in Liberal and Fascist Italy, with a specific concentrate on sexuality, gender and race - all elements that have got scarce awareness in a lot of the prevailing historiography. It contains articles on foundlings and their moms, the position of midwives, altering attitudes to sexuality, adultery trials, the Fascist persecution of homosexuals, debates approximately divorce and (going past Italy to its empire) the remedy of combined race young ones and their moms in Eritrea. Key topics of this assortment contain the contrasting attitudes of the Liberal and Fascist governments to the position of the country within the deepest sphere, the impact of the Church and the influence of recent 'scientific' and clinical methods to maternity, sexuality and demography.

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The trial caused a sensation, and the courtroom was filled to the point of overflowing every day. Newspapers reported avidly that the audience was dominated by women, who showed a certain sympathy for the Signora’s marital predicament. 15 In the minds of the pro-divorce lobby, all three cases underlined in their different ways the need for a uniform, rational law that would provide a way to resolve the small but inevitable number of cases where marriage failed to live up to Biblical ideals. After Morelli died in 1880, the divorce cause was taken up by Tommaso Villa, an influential Minister of Justice, well known as a Masonic anti-clerical.

Patrizia Dogliani, ‘Omosessualità’, in Victoria De Grazia and Sergio Luzzatto (eds), Dizionario del fascismo, Vol. 2 (Turin: Einaudi, 2003), p. 264. On the critique by early feminists see Jeffrey Howard, ‘The Civil Code of 1865’. See Rina Macrelli, L’indegna schiavitù. Anna Maria Mozzoni e la lotta contro la prostituzione di stato (Rome: Editori Riuniti, 1981). For a pioneering attempt to open up the history of Italian lesbians see Nerina Milletti, ‘Analoghe sconcezze. Tribade, saffiste, invertite e omosessuali: categorie e sistemi sesso/genere nella rivista di antropologia criminale fondata da Cesare Lombroso (1880–1949)’, DWF, 4 (1994), pp.

The decision, whose speed was quickly contrasted with the drawn-out Garibaldi case, was met by a storm of protest in the liberal press. 14 The third noteworthy case provides an extreme example of what the less rich and well-connected might do to rid themselves of an unwanted marriage partner in the absence of a divorce law. It involved a young middle-class woman, Signora Fadda, unhappily married to (but unofficially separated from) Captain Fadda, a soldier who had fought in the Risorgimento and who, as the court case revealed, had been made impotent by a wound to the groin received in the line of duty.

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