Italian Woman May Face Prison for Not Doing Housework — And Yes, It's Still 2016

Italian Woman May Face Prison for Not Doing Housework — And Yes, It's Still 2016
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Talk about a time warp.

In Italy, a woman may face jail time after her husband claimed she was shirking her household chores. According to the Telegraph, the 47-year-old man filed formal charges with Italian authorities, accusing his spouse of abuse after she allegedly failed to cook and clean and, on occasion, kicked him out of bed. 

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The husband's claims of neglect fall under "mistreatment of the family," article 572 of the Italian penal code, which the Telegraph says requires punishment of "whoever mistreats a person in their family or a person entrusted to them for reasons of education, care or custody." The crime is punishable by up to six years in prison.

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In a column, Il Tempo opined that the entire thing reeked of a bygone era. "[It's] a paradoxical situation, which seems to come straight from the '50s and not from a country where gender equality should be a given, or at least legally acquired."

No matter, according to another Italian outlet Il Fatto Quotidiano, the matter will indeed be heard in court, with a date set for October. 

What was that about feminism being over?


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Marie Solis

Marie is a staff writer with a focus in feminist issues. Her writing has appeared in Gothamist and the Awl. You can reach her at marie@mic.com.

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