Fear of Flying author Erica Jong is currently in Italy, where, she says, "the men are just as sexist as they are in America yet there is no physical mockery of female candidates. The Italian elections are on Sunday and Monday and most of the women candidates are between forty and sixty plus. Yet no one makes fun of their looks." Um, except for Silvio Berlusconi, the right-wing Italian opposition leader who says that women on the left have "no taste" and that women on the right are "more beautiful." Italy: not quite the paragon of political correctness Jong thinks it is! [HuffPo, Telegraph]

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Unfortunately very true. I'm sorry I will miss Erica Jong in Rome next Tuesday, she's one writer I really cherish. Her books make me want to be friends with her.