First it was the Pope and his holiday message of
love and brotherhoodÂ condemnation and judgment.Â Now it’s this guy.Â Father Piero Corsi, an Italian priest, composed a Christmas bulletin and hung it on his church’s door – it had nothing to do with Christmas, though. Corsi thinks women are ruining everything by dressing provocatively and not cleaning their homes enough. Â He thought the holiday season would be a good time to blast them for it, saying they should engage in “healthy self-criticism” regarding the issue of femicide, a.k.a. men murdering women.
What? Here is an excerpt of his infuriating bulletin, courtesy of Reuters:
“Let’s ask ourselves. Is it possible that men have all gone mad at one stroke? We don’t think so,” said the text, which was reproduced in several newspapers.
“The core of the problem is in the fact that women are more and more provocative, they yield to arrogance, they believe they can do everything themselves and they end up exacerbating tensions,” it said.
“How often do we see girls and even mature women walking on the streets in provocative and tight clothing?”
“Babies left to themselves, dirty houses, cold meals and fast food at home, soiled clothes. So if a family ends up in a mess and turns into crime (a form of violence which should be condemned and punished firmly) often the responsibility is shared,” it said.
Domestic violence is a huge and widely under-reported problem in Italy. A third of the women in Italy have reported being the victim of serious domestic violence. Reuter’s referenced a UN report citing data from an Italian statistics agencyÂ that said as many as 127 women had been murdered by men in 2010, often as a result of “honor, men’s unemployment and jealousy by the perpetrator.”
Violence against women is a global atrocity. We cannot afford to have men in positions of power and respect essentially “blaming” women for it. The awful gang rape in India, a high school “rape crew,” politicians essentially bestowing magical powers on women to stop sexual violence – these are all stories that remind us that the world just doesn’t have our backs. Normally I would laugh off the ridiculous comments of a pig-headed priest. There’s too much at stake.
Father Corsi, at the very least you owe the women of Italy an apology. By the way – God called.Â She’s pissed.