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Discrimination and Hate and Sexist Speech in the Italian Law

Elisabetta Rosi    Alta Corte di Cassazione    



Sexist language is an incitement to the stigmatization of women as women or of sexual orientation so that it contributes to maintaining the discriminatory situation of these categories. It can be included as a part of conduct in different crimes, but sexist language per se isn’t criminalized in Italy (freedom to manifest one’s thought is a right constitutionally guaranteed). Criminal law has a subsidiary function with respect to the ways in which the phenomena of hate and sexist speech must be combatted. Communication on the Web must be carefully regulated, with the involvement of managers in the processing of self-regulation, in particular the managers of the social networks.

keywords: Sexist Language. Hate Speech. Criminalization in Italy. Jurisdiction.

Lingua: en

Pubblicato: 29 Dicembre 2020  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-478-3/009

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