If a Martian looked at the Turin pre-electoral twists and turns of Cinquestelle scholars and progressive madamines, he would probably be persuaded to take a trip to another galaxy in search of not intelligent life, but at least more interesting. Not being a Martian, however, I decided to stay nearby to have a chat with Carola Messina, the candidate deputy mayor of Turin, if the candidate of the Center-left wins Stefano Lo Russo. You obviously can’t say it, so you cover up a bit because you’re not a man, so you have a decidedly more pragmatic view of politics.
“First of all you have to win the elections. And who will be the deputy, then the mayor will decide ”, she explains calmly, because she knows that I am hard on the uptake. “In any case, I hope that Stefano will keep his promise and therefore be a woman. For me it would be an extremely stimulating challenge which I hope to be up to eventually ”.
Carola Messina is part of the Civic List Lo Russo Mayor in support of the center-left candidate who aggregates the Civic Pole from the Monviso List, the Alliance of Democrats, Demos and the Democratic Center. She is fifty years old, has a husband, two children and an overweight dog, so the story goes. She was born in Rome, but twenty years ago she chose to move to Turin, fascinated by such a different city, rich in history, culture and beauty. He defines himself as intolerant to injustices, therefore a bit of a pain in the ass, even if he doesn’t want to be called that and I don’t understand why since I consider him a considerable merit. She ran for politics in the broadest sense of the term. He wants to put some urgent issues, such as education, culture, gender equality and rights, at the center of public debate and politics. She works as a cultural manager who, in a city like Turin, is not exactly a health walk. In order not to miss anything, he is also president of Robin Edizioni, a publishing house. You know those strange companies that produce books, but aren’t Mondadori or Feltrinelli? That’s right that stuff there. As she wrote on Facebook some time ago, books have accompanied her all her life. Without culture she could not live and, from this point of view, she can be considered very lucky, if not a privileged one, for having always had a house full of books since she was a child and to take care of this in her work. Just to say how the books are linked to his life, I discover that one of the last he has read this summer is “Get rid of the good girl. Eight stories to flourish ”by Andrea Colamedici and Maura Gancitano, published by Harper Collins. A roundup of female portraits that want to teach women, through philosophy, ‘how to transform cages into keys and turn difficulties into opportunities’. And if you please. On the DDL Zan asked without hesitation that it be approved as it is, without a step backwards. Then, she lashed out at those who smeared the posters of Valentina Sganga dei Cinquestelle, writing a message of solidarity that demonstrates how the battles for women have no political color: “If you are a woman who exposes herself, if you are a woman with of opinions, which acts in the world, this is the way that is still found today to oppose you, belittle you, offend you, try to silence you ”he writes in a post on Facebook. “Sexist, violent phrases and adjectives that always refer to the same sexual and submissive imagery. But we are no longer silent. We take our place in the world, encouraged and supported by other women and also by many men. Anyone who thinks that in this way we will return to lower our eyes and close our mouths is wrong. We also want to give a voice to those who have no voice. My solidarity with Valentina Sganga. Different opinions and political positions never have to justify things like this ”. Obviously he is not referring to the Taliban, but to homegrown hominins. (Continued …)