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A sexist and imbalanced status quo is reproduced in the language used to describe, refer to and construct women, in both the private and the public spheres. Speakers, politics and the media are all sites where binary and traditional stereotypes about women (and men) are reignited. Women are seen through the lens of a fixed gendered order; the attempt to establish a new order, using gender fairer language and demanding a fairer narration of female victims, is proving detrimental to the category of women. Women face a backlash from those—media, political institutions and speakers—who oppose a re-visitation of cultural understandings about gender in Italy.


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