Amid this century's waves of protests that have come to speak loudly, determinedly, of sexual harassment and abuse, it is not unexpected that Italian American women add their distinct voices to the Me Too movement. In #Me Too, Anch'io: Writings by Italian American Women, distinguished editor and author Daniela Gioseffi curates a collection of moments and memories from 22 authors whose works illustrate the insidious ways in which these women have found themselves compromised by their gender.

What is unexpected is the reported disinterest toward these experiences in Italy (as noted in Poggioli)—a continuing reality that is also identifiable among some in the United States. The dismissal of sexual abuse and harassment stems from dated old-world traditions that position women as conquest, as property, and as sport. Efforts to rewrite these traditions have been sparked by feminist activism for centuries. Now, Gioseffi suggests, the tide is shifting once more....

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