Attempting to curtail their below replacement-level birthrates, Italy launched a pro-fertility campaign extolling the beauty of parenthood, and predictably, the feminists have responded with outrage.
Appealing to science, and leftists hate science, the latest "Fertility Day" posters features a pregnant Italian woman holding an hourglass next to the caption "La bellezza non ha età, la fertilità sì," which translates into: "Beauty knows no age. Fertility does."
Word to your mother.
The campaign's official website states: "The first Fertility Day will be celebrated to attract attention to the topic of fertility and its protection...to underline the danger of falling birth rates in our country" and promote "the beauty of maternity and paternity. The campaign also promises to provide "medical help for those people who are having problems conceiving."
Having reality smacked in their face in such a spirit didn't go over well with feminists. On cue, the buzzwords "patriarchy" and "chauvinism" have been shouted across the cyber-sphere -- but there's one little problem with this theory: the campaign is the brainchild of Italy's female Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin.
Writing in Extra NewsFeed, feminist Giulia Blasi went as far to state that Italy's low birth rate somehow stems from their strict abortion policy, accusing the Health Minister Lorenzin of pushing "a campaign that treats all women as little more than walking incubators."
"[The campaign] is the stuff of dystopian novels and fascist propaganda," writes Blasi, "something Benito Mussolini was quite good at in times when contraception was unavailable and women did not have the right to vote, much less work outside the home."
Another group of Italian feminists penned an open letter calling Lorenzin's campaign "confusing and dangerous," saying it harkens back to a time of "social and cultural obscurantism that condemned women to secondary roles and functions, in subordination to and dependence on men."
Writing for The Guardian, Annalisa Coppolaro-Nowell slammed the campaign as not only a sexist onslaught of the oppressive patriarchy, but also a resurgence of Mussolini fascism. She didn't say Hitler this time, so we'll give credit where credit's due.
"It all sounds so similar to the fascist slogans of the 1930s, when posters on the walls incited women to give more children to the fatherland," she laments. "Many cannot believe that a female minister has launched such a sexist, ageist, anachronistic campaign in a country where many other urgent problems remain to be addressed."
One wishes to ask Miss Coppolaro-Nowell exactly what those "urgent problems" might be. Might the mass Muslim immigration due to low birthrates be one?