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Young women

· ​The editorial ·

Eugène Delacroix, “The Orphan Girl at the Cemetery” (1824)

As both the Church and difference feminism forcefully maintain – in an unusual alliance which continues to surprise both parties – women and men are not equal. And if this obviously does not mean (or should not mean) that one sex is worth more than the other, it nevertheless implies that in their equal dignity differences exist, as biology, medicine, sociology and psychology have for decades now shown us. We are born marvellously different and we die different, a difference which is also present in the delicate and critical age of youth. And it is precisely to young women that this issue of women church world is dedicated, but young women who all too often, both in society and in the Church, are quite simply covered by the general category of youth. And yet, as the following articles argue, in this phase of life too males and females cannot be made to overlap.

For if, as the teacher Anna Maria Rossi explains, the autobiographical writing of middle school pupils differs – that of girls being complex rich, creative and sometimes unexpected, while that of boys is brief, essential and sometimes repetitive – this necessarily reflects something of their respective identities. And if identification with religion is more marked in young women than in young men, as Marie-Lucile Kubacki recounts with reference to a recent study, this cannot be ignored or underestimated. Usually the question of girls, at least in the Western countries, is completely flattened by the collapse of the birth rate, yet things are far more complex. “Personal life has become an aspect which people seek to adapt as best they can to the plan for their career”, the young French philosopher Marianne Durano says in our interview with her in this issue. And “women are the great losers from this representation, because the rhythms of their careers in our society are in opposition to those of the female body”, as the scientist Mariella Balduzzi confirms in the discussion on the existence or lack of it of the biological clock for women, illustrated with great clarity. Those famous words, “male and female he created them” are truly something that cannot be ignored, not even when we speak of young people. (giulia galeotti)

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