Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Un like di troppo e un commento, poco appropriato, sotto la foto di una ragazzina postata sul suo profilo Facebook, ha convinto Alex, 15 anni, che quello era uno sgarbo e quindi, andava lavato col sangue. Non importava se quel «mi piace» fosse stato cliccato dal suo migliore amico, Francesco Prestia, anche lui quindicenne.
Two best friends from Calabria, both 15 years old. One the son of a mafia family. Either Camorra or ‘Ndrangheta. One of them likes the photo of the other’s girlfriend on Facebook. He ends up dead in a field of olive trees. Three gunshot wounds. The killer says it was a matter of honour.
What’s interesting is although we prefer to see matters of male honour as something primitive that’s exclusive to other cultures, it’s alive and kicking (sometimes literally) in many western environments.
Funny isn’t it, how these things work. Apparently the fact that Melania and Ivanka didn’t cover their heads in Saudi Arabia was a great step for the advancement of women’s rights in the Middle East. The fact they were willing to cover their heads at the Vatican, on the other hand, was what exactly?