We hear that Tod’s, the producer of Italian luxury goods, and the Colosseum (yes, as in the) may be teaming up. OK, so not really in the form of a collaboration, but apparently, Diego Della Valle, the company’s CEO, has offered 25 million Euros to Italy to restore the ancient structure. Thankfully, this doesn’t sound like some sneaky branding technique. Says Della Valle: “You won’t find a Tod’s shoe or bag hanging from the Colosseum’s walls. It’s an undertaking with great cultural relevance and that’s enough. We are ambassadors of Italy’s lifestyle and it’s really our duty to give off a strong symbol.”
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Being a mayor in Italy has to be fun, now that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has upped the country’s ability to create laws to combat “anti-social behavior.” Take, for example, Mayor Luigi Bobbio of the resort town Castellammare di Stabia. He is doing away with miniskirts, low-cut jeans, sunbathing, swearing, and playing football in public spaces. Breaking any of the aforementioned rules could result in a fine of up to $696. Egads! So I guess he just guaranteed that no cast member of the “Jersey Shore” cast will ever set foot in his town?
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- Castellammare di Stabia, a seaside town in Southern Italy, is considering a ban on miniskirts to “restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence.” Translation: so men will stop catcalling? Offenders in miniskirts will receive fines of $35 to $696. Oh, hi, Italy, how about the men learn some self-control and stop sexual harassment, instead of policing women’s clothes? Just a thought! [AOL]
- Fortune magazine’s list of 40 under 40 “youthful movers and shakers” only has five women on it. Yes, only five. [Fortune]
- Actress Gabrielle Union will host a BET special on breast cancer, “Heart of the City: Chicago’s Cancer Divide,” this Sunday. It’s part of a Breast Cancer Awareness Month lineup called “BET Goes Pink.” [Clutch Magazine]
Do you have an extra $68,000 laying around and an unbridled sense of irony? Then why not purchase the smallest apartment in the world! No, surprisingly, it isn’t a bathtub in someone’s Soho apartment — it’s a closet-sized space in Rome’s Piazza di Sant’ Ignazio. What do you get for your $68k? A bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet, as well as a sleeping platform and ONE window (accessible only by climbing over the bed).
What might possess someone to purchase this dinky domicile? Keep reading »
- It’s totally OK if women use their bodies to get ahead in politics, advises Giorgio Stracquadanio, an ally of Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy (who has made plenty of sexist comments himself). Stracquadanio added that, in his opinion, a woman performing sexual favors to get ahead would not be grounds for dismissal. Being a woman working in Italian government must be a ball. [Telegraph UK]
- Investment banking firm Goldman Sachs is being sued for sexual discrimination. Three women are seeking a class action lawsuit against the bank, claiming they were held back from raises and promotions because of their gender. [New York Observer]
- Who amongst us does not want to hear Rush Limbaugh’s opinion on Ines Sainz, the sports reporter who was sexually harassed by the New York Jets? [Media Matters]
Before “Jersey Shore” appeared, calling someone a “guido” was offensive. Like, you did not do that unless you were cruising for an ass-kicking. Then there was this bizarre post-”Jersey Shore” era where you heard words like “guido” and “guidette” more on MTV than “boobs” or “oh my God, Heidi, you have to break up with Spencer!”
Not anymore, says Andre DiMino, head of UNICO, an Italian-American pride group. Keep reading »
Juuuust kidding. This is actually an Italian public service announcement to discourage women from drinking when there’s a bun in the oven and reads, simply, “When Mama drinks, baby drinks.” The disturbing ads, which will appear on buses, billboards and in women’s restrooms throughout the Veneto region, are in response to recent findings that 65 percent of Italian women indulge in a little vino during pregnancy. How do you say “fetal alcohol syndrome” in Italian? [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »
The Italian Ministry of Health has announced that three separate investigations have been launched after a claim that this weekend, a premature baby survived an abortion at 22 weeks (or about five months). Allegedly, Rev. Antonio Martello, a hospital chaplain at Rossano Calabro Hospital in Calabria, was praying in front of the infant’s body 20 hours after the abortion and witnessed it breathing. Martello then said he alerted doctors, who took the baby to a neonatal unit at a different hospital where it allegedly died on Monday. Now legal authorities are investigating the alleged botched abortion as possible manslaughter.
Hmph. I call bulls**t. Keep reading »
The government is even proposing a law to deal with these “bamboccioni,” the Italian word for “big babies.” Minister of Public Administration Renato Brunetta has suggested a law to force Italian children to leave home at age 18. “All these young people think they’re living in a free hotel and actually there’s a price they pay,” Brunetta said. “It allows their parents to keep control of them, emotionally, socially and financially — and deny them their freedom and the chance to mature.” Keep reading »
- Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a stupid joke about Barack and Michelle Obama‘s dark skin, calling it a suntan. According to the AP, he told a crowd in Milan he was bringing well wishes from the United States from “what’s his name? Some, tanned guy. Ah, Barack Obama!” He then continued, “You won’t believe it, but the two of them went to the beach, because the wife is also tanned.” [Essence]