Category: Stereotype-in-English

Kissinger, diplomacy and sport: from ping pong to USA ’94

kissinger diplomazia sport

From the famous “ping pong diplomacy” to the soccer world cup USA ’94, Henry Kissinger understood before many others the importance of sport in international balance. If the first event changed the relationships between United States and China (and the Cold War), the second one gave birth to a new (but not better) concept of world cup…

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New tango in Paris

Tango was inscribed in 2009 on the Represantative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It’s commonly considered Argentinian, but we need to clarify a few things. It’s actually platense, from the mouth of Rio de la Plata, region shared between Argentina and Uruguay; it was born as a fusion of different sounds, rhythms and traditions from South America, Caribbean, Africa and even Europe; as a matter of fact, the current variations of this dance had been “cleaned up” by the Old Continent parlors – especially Paris…

We Women: beautiful, dirty and bad

Durante le prove di WeWomen. Minako Teki e Julie Dossavi

The first change for the “feminine condition” concerns women, precisely, and not men. Men will not help the preconditions, but if the woman first considers herself as a little creature given to sex, motherhood and domestic care, and if she first attacks those women who try to get out of their stereotypes that cage them, please, then don’t complain of male chauvinism. The most serious male chauvinism is that of women…

The role of fear in society

At a social level, fear is a tool of political and religious control. It’s used to build a society which may respond to our concerns about safety and security, guaranteeing a community life. In a present-oriented society, fear prevents from the lost of significance of the daily routine, creating consensus and legitimacy, keeping an unstable order just to avoid to consider new social forms…

If you don’t want terrorism, think about animals

Blood Ivory Elephant AK47 by Victor van Gaasbeek

There is a type of person who always complains, when he has the impression that others (organisms, groups or individuals) are taking care of important aspects of human life, but they (seem) do not concern him/her. Then they can’t stand animalists because they only think about animals; environmentalists, because they only think about the environment; volunteers who deal with refugees, because they only think about “saving terrorists”…

Women rights and gender equality: the case of Switzerland

Switzerland is considered one of the best examples of advanced country: neutral in wars, often turning to the main tool of direct democracy (the referendum), civil rights such as euthanasia, headquarter of the Red Cross and host of international treats like the Geneva Conventions. But they have their contradictions as well, banks who accepted tax evaders or Nazis money, a pinch of intolerance and, last but not least, an incredible delay in giving women equal rights. Perhaps not everyone knows that Swiss women got the right to vote only in 1971…

It was a dark and stormy night. And it brought counsel

The night always had a double significance. It was feared, because of the dangers that can hide in the darkness; but also expected to rest and refresh the body and the spirit and being inspiring. Despite the similarity between sleep and death, that was the right time to forget troubles and worries of the day. We also say that night brings counsel, scientific studies confirm popular wisdom…

A smile is universal communication. But not that much

In 2015, a group of researchers of the University of Wisconsin-Madison formulated their own theory on why, somewhere, people are more inclined to smile. The answer is to be found in immigration and multiculturalism. The United States and Canada have a diverse population, composed by 83 and 63 different national or ethnic groups each. Non verbal communication played a central role in socializing and building trustful relationships among communities. This is not needed in more uniform countries…

Tips hide a wage problem

tips jar

Tips are a cultural habit, or so we are told. They are mandatory and conspicuous in the United States, offensive in Japan, a half way in Europe, where they are well accepted but waiters don’t rely on them. Actually, the difference is not only about traditions, it’s mostly contractual…

Media does not tell the reality

bonsky we are all fake

About how media magnifies the news… take one article at random subsequently to the year 1998. Something has changed in the news: there is more gossip and nothing really to talk about. But misinformation didn’t begin with the poor internet that everyone blames…

Santa Muerte, a misinterpreted icon

Hood and crown, sickle in one hand and a globe in the other one – or an hourglass as variant. And an infinity of tunics of different shapes and colors above all. Santa Muerte, half Virgin Mary half grim reaper, half Christian and half heathen: she recently became an icon, famous all over the world, because of the erroneous association with Mexican narcos. Her worshippers swing between 5 and 10 millions, there are 1500 altars only in Mexico City and this cult has deep historic and socio-cultural roots…

Against all odds

Football (or soccer for those who live in the U.S.) is loved and treated like a religion by many fans because is not an exact science. So, even if it’s not likely, sometimes happens that the underdog takes the trophy home, against all odds. There are many Cinderella stories, like Denmark 1992, Greece 2004, Iraq 2007…