The Enemy of the New Man: Homosexuality in Fascist Italy

TitleThe Enemy of the New Man: Homosexuality in Fascist Italy
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBenadusi, Lorenzo
Number of Pages432
PublisherUniversity of Wisconsin Press
CityMadison
Abstract

In this in-depth historical study of homosexuality in Fascist Italy, the author brings to light immensely important archival documents regarding the sexual politics of the Italian Fascist regime; he adds new insights to the study of the complex relationships of masculinity, sexuality, and Fascism; he explores the connections between new Fascist values and preexisting Italian traditional and Roman Catholic views on morality; he documents both the Fascist regime's denial of the existence of homosexuality in Italy and its clandestine strategies and motivations for repressing and imprisoning homosexuals; he uncovers the ways that accusations of homosexuality (whether true or false) were used against political and personal enemies; and above all, he shows how homosexuality was deemed the enemy of the Fascist "New Man," an ideal of a virile warrior and dominating husband vigorously devoted to the "political" function of producing children for the Fascist state. The author investigates the regulation and regimentation of gender in Fascist Italy, and the extent to which, in uneasy concert with the Catholic Church, the regime engaged in the cultural and legal engineering of masculinity and femininity. 

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