Perry Willson

Fascism, motherhood and some thoughts on the patrilocal family

This paper will discuss some aspects of the Fascist campaign to encourage women to devote themselves to motherhood. It will argue that the stereotype of mammismo was not a theme of Fascist propaganda and interwar debates about women’s ‘maternal destiny’. It will then go on to offer some reflections on how the norm of patrilocality in many peasant families in this period might have contributed to the emergence of the mammismo stereotype in the post-war years.