By Lesley Caldwell
Italian kinfolk issues examines the debates and political priorities that resulted in major alterations within the legislation and its relation to ladies and the kin in postwar Italy. expert via the feminist debates on those matters, it exhibits that either the necessity for and the boundaries to the call for for equality earlier than the legislation can be utilized to teach what a unique ordering of the family members among the sexes may well mean.
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Extra resources for Italian Family Matters: Women, Politics and Legal Reform
23 The concept of emancipation was increasingly emptied of significance and came to mean involvement in the politics of the Left, a form of political activity that often had nothing whatever to do with the problems of women's conditions or the situations faced by them then. This shift was argued out by the Communist and Socialist women on the one side and women from the Liberals and the Action party on the other. This latter tendency supported a more woman-oriented position. A focus of this disagreement was VDI's involvement from 1947 in the Popular Democratic Front for freedom, for the right to work and for peace.
The first - participation in military campaigns - represented a distinctively different form of women's activity in Italy. The second - providing help of various kinds to male combatants and support for families and children - was more traditional. Obviously the former existed for a much shorter time and it is not really surprising that from 1945 onwards the major orientation of the women's organisation reverted to traditional female tasks, combined with a commitment to full civil rights for women, and activity among women workers.
Through legal reform the Italian family would become 'a font of joy and an aid for the development of the real personality of the wife': The woman acquires an independence [through right to work and other legal rights] that allows her to see marriage not as an expedient forced upon her as the only means of solving a difficult economic situation but as the satisfaction of a deep natural, moral and social need as the means of her development and the crowning glory of her personality. (Rinascita, 1946) In this account the links between marriage, the family and women's relation to it are as unproblematically tied together for the party as they are for the Church.
Italian Family Matters: Women, Politics and Legal Reform by Lesley Caldwell