Mothers of Invention: Women, Italian Fascism, and Culture by Robin Pickering-Iazzi

By Robin Pickering-Iazzi

Someplace among Mussolini's stereotypes of girl as household version or degenerate highbrow lies the truth of feminist adventure below the Italian Fascist nation. 8 essays by means of feminist and Italian students discover how girls negotiated the Fascist ideology, and the problems of gender identification,

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True, all men are always flattered to be enticed by femininity, even when the enticement comes from a suffragist. And I am not fooling myself in any way that you are willing to see how ridiculous you are. (in Schiavi 1977,111:2, 1051-52) This attack does not take into account Turati's affectionate irony, and is written with a very biting tone. Kuliscioff stressed the main points of her feminism, which could not be confused or associated with middleclass feminism. Her beliefs were rooted in a deep ethical vision of life that determined her political and personal choices.

Her efforts were focused in support of women's rights, and at the same time she was trying to save the Socialist Party, which, "thanks to the parliamentary environment, could extensively degenerate into just another middleclass party" (in Schiavi 1977, 111:1, 115). Debate on party goals began years before, when Turati clarified the gradualistic nature of his position concerning the extension of suffrage. Kuliscioff (1977c) reaffirmed that because women had long been involved in the Industrial Revolution, they were entitled to demand "as producers and taxpayers, civil and political rights appropriate to their status" (p.

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