Italian Priest Blames Domestic Violence On Women
4:45 pm, December 27th | by Colette McIntyre
There’s nothing that gets me out of the twinkle-lighted, fa-la-la-ing, joy-to-the-world holiday spirit faster than reports of ignorant and sexist victim blaming. San Terenzio priest Piero Corsi invited women to take part in some “healthy self criticism” over the holidays by posting a leaflet on his church’s notice board that asserted that women trigger men’s violence by dressing provocatively and lacking domestic virtues. Oh yes, this is real. The time to reach for a strong drink is now.
Corsi’s advice hinges on the idea that men are naturally violent and that it is a woman’s job to curtail this uncontrollable masculine rage. He suggests that in incidents of domestic violence, women share some of the blame:
Let’s ask ourselves. Is it possible that men have all gone mad at one stroke? We don’t think so. 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. 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.
Who is this “we” Corsi refers to? And hold on — women are bringing fast food into the sacred domestic sphere?! Why didn’t you say so earlier! Any woman that dares bring her man a BK Big Fish Sandwich deserves a Big Whopper of her own, ya know what I’m saying?
According to Corsi, women now have to consciously prevent their husbands or partners from hitting them. But don’t worry your pretty little heads, ladies; the steps you have to take to ensure that you won’t get beaten tonight conveniently overlap with your natural womanly talents! All you have to do is cook more dinners, do the laundry, clean the house, and stop dressing like a such tramp. As Shania Twain once sang, “The best thing about being a woman/ Is how you get blamed for everything by everyone/ Oh, oh, oh!” Man! I feel pretty terrible.
[Via The Frisky]
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