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Coronavirus, a chance to walk on the other side

When the whole world was looking at Italy with worry, the virus was spreading everywhere else. This is because that worry wasn’t always “genuine”, but more often led by a stereotypical consideration of Italy, (one of) the“open flank” of Europe. With all the lack of controls and weak structures… (allusion by some news from England), being the country of disorganization and slowness “par excellence” (tacit from some French news). And this attitude came also from our debate. Is this disturbing? Yes, because it doesn’t tell the whole story…

Nouri Bouzid, facing any taboo in the Arab world

“In our tradition there is a strange reversal of roles, where the rapist is proud and the victim must be ashamed”. I remember once, when I returned to my city in Sfax, I met my brother and other friends and acquaintances playing cards in a bar. I joined them, and I recognized someone who had been a rapist when we were younger, even though he was a few years older than me. Well, at a certain point he said to me, and repeated it several times, without anyone reacting in any way: “if I had raped you as a young man, you would not have had the courage to open your mouth now”…

The mad (female) scientist

Thinking about great women scientists, in these hours, we especially have in mind Katherine Johnson, the woman who brought the man on the moon, recently deceased at the age of 101, and Ilaria Capua, well-known virologist that absolves Italy from its brand new “infective stereotype”…

Se il farmaco è un essere vivente

“È l’alba di una nuova epoca medica”. Dai classici farmaci chimici stiamo passando a quelli “bioviventi” che hanno costi ancora esorbitanti, ma un’efficacia sempre più comprovata e diffusa. L’obiettivo è renderli presto una terapia accessibile a tutti che possa curare la maggior parte delle malattie più insidiose che l’uomo conosce…

Il cuore aperto di Palermo

Palermo ti rimane negli occhi. Il sole, i colori, i profumi, i fiori, il mare, l’arte, le persone… tanto che ti dici “vorrei vivere qui”. Poi ti soffermi, cercando di dismettere i classici occhi da turista innamorato, e intravedi gli stereotipi. Ma se la città perfetta non esiste, esiste sempre quell’andare dove ti porta il cuore…

I Ching, il tempo ha qualcosa da dirci

A proposito di stereotipi che ci impediscono di vedere “l’interezza delle cose del mondo”, a chi l’I Ching non appartiene (culturalmente) esso può sembrare una baggianata orientale di previsione del futuro. A chi invece appartiene (o a chi si è preso la briga di studiarlo) è invece l’unico strumento possibile per indagare il tempo oltre ciò che matematica e fisica riescono a spiegare…

The vegan is not an idiot

It’s a classic: vegetarianism (no to meat) and veganism (no to any animal derivative), have just defeated the oldest stereotype of “they are bad for children health” and are almost recognized as better diets, that TV and media in general are starting to unleash the baddest “carnivores” (usually men) against the most docile and defenseless herbivores (usually women). As if the clash between these, if then a clash must exist, were placed on the level of “sensitivity” and “being strong”, and so on with other cliches…

Un mondo senza plastica è (im)possibile

arte greenpeace balena morta di plastica filippine 2016

Plastica. L’unico materiale inventato dall’uomo che abbiamo tanto amato nel passato e stiamo tanto odiando nel presente. Colpa degli stereotipi che ci inducono a passare da un estremo all’altro! Ma se è vero che ad oggi la plastica è uno dei maggiori inquinanti del pianeta, non si possono annullare i pregi che ha avuto o può ancora avere. Sempre se, e solo se, saremo in grado di riciclarla in modo omogeneo e globale…

I hate the mobile phone, don’t you?

be present with your friends who are here cell phone drop zone

Roma, Italy. A cellphone rings in a crowded bus. A boy takes it out of his pocket, turns the ringer off, and puts it back in place. The lady pressed up against him smiles and, with a sort of complicity, asks: “You don’t feel like answering, do you?” “No, now it’s not really the moment”. She sighs as a sign of understanding and comments “I’m not saying it’s not useful… but sometimes the phone is just a real hassle!”, “Yeah” he says while others around silently nod…