Berlusconi and Sexism

OK, I admit that the word “sexism” isn’t very well-defined, but if I use the definition “that which makes feminists angry” it’s close enough. This story amazed me. I knew about Berlusconi’s womanizing, but I had not really appreciated the thesis that he used his control of the Italian media to change the country’s attitudes toward women (in my view, all he did was to make Italy more Italian, but you can still debate whether from womens’ point of view that is a good thing). From my point of view as an American, it is too strange to make sense out of. Feel free to post relevant pictures in your comments 😛


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3 Responses to Berlusconi and Sexism

  1. Doug1 says:

    The power of the media is widely talked about, particularly by the internet blogging right in the US, but I think really isn’t remotely fully appreciated. Taking over the broadcasting facilities of the opponent was a top strategic war aim of both sides in war games during the cold war. Especially for the Soviets, who envisioned entirely one sided reporting when they took over.

    If views are all fully competing without taboos or ubiquitous slant in the mass media, then it tends to neutralize and not be so much a leading and propagandizing force. But when the that’s not the case, over time it’s extremely powerful. As are the propagandizing effect of schools and universities. The most effective propaganda, especially when the news isn’t entirely one sided, is actually delivered through soft and indirect methods such as entertainment – TV and movies.

  2. Doug1 says:

    The Newsweek article is pure media feminist snark.

    Very light on real facts or analysis.

    Basically saying Italy mislead by Berlesconi’s media empire, “just doesn’t get it”.

    I.e. their cultural Marxist feminist program.

  3. Polymath says:


    The author may be a snarky leftist, but it’s clear that there’s something unusual going on in Italy related to the role of women in public life. Female professional and sexual roles seem to be much more mixed up there than in other European countries or in North America.

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