Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Putting sex into a politics column

An Italian version of equal opportunity in politics. A close ally of Silvio Berlusconi, the LondonDaily Telegraph reports, has provoked a furious debate on s-xism in politics after saying that women wanting to be elected to parliament should use their bodies to kick-start their careers. Giorgio Stracquadanio, an Italian government MP, said it was “absolutely legitimate” for women to use their sex appeal and physical attributes in order to ensure success in their political careers.
The Telegraph illustrates its story with Nicole Minetti, a member of the Lombardy regional assembly, Barbara Matera an MEP and Mara Carfagna, Italy’s equal opportunities minister Photo: REX/EPA
To develop a career, everyone uses what they have. Even their bodies – it is absolutely legitimate. Everyone should use their body as they see fit. As long as there is consent, there is no violence and if there is no violence then there’s no problem,” Mr Stracquadanio said
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