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Sinisa Mihajlovic's Sexist Comments Are Sadly Not That Surprising In Italy

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Sinisa Mihajlovic isn't sexist. He just thinks women should keep their mouths shut.

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Sinisa Mihajlovic isn't sexist. He just thinks women should keep their mouths shut. Another day, another antiquated worldview, another facepalm moment. Just, you know, Italian problems.

Melissa Satta, wifey-to-be of fan favourite Kevin-Prince Boateng, had a few words to say about Sinisa's sacking. She appeared on a the television show Tiki-Taka and suggested that the Serbian's replacement would bring serenity to the club:

Si può parlare solo quando le situazioni le vivi da dentro, ma credo che con Brocchi lo spogliatoio e tutto l'ambiente rossonero ritroverà la tranquillità.

You can only really speak about situations like this when they are behind you. But I believe that with Brocchi, the Rossoneri dressing room and atmosphere around the club will become a lot calmer and more tranquil.

Milan's most recent ex-manager didn't care for her assessment, and apparently, and fired back with some choice words of his own:

Io non sono razzista, ma penso che le donne non dovrebbero parlare di calcio perché non sono adatte.

I’m not sexist, but women shouldn’t talk about football because they’re not suited to it.

Here's a helpful hint, Sinisa: if you need to begin a sentence with "I'm not...", in all likelihood, you are the thing intended to follow "not."

Appalling though they may be, Mihajlovic's comments are sadly not exactly surprising. Italy, after all, remains one of the most sexist societies in Europe. Beyond the azure waters of the Mediterranean, such commentary would be abhorrent to most evolved human beings. In Italy, Mihajlovic's gaffe has raised few, if any, eyebrows.  From the Italian point of view, there was absolutely nothing out of the ordinary about them.

In la bella Italia, it is next to impossible to find an example of a woman in the public sphere appreciated for something other than her appearance: women in Italy should be seen and not heard. Italy is among the worst countries in Europe with respect to the gender gap, and until recently, Italian women were either reluctant to demand improvement in their status or largely invisible in their protests. In a culture where even politicians are sex objects, Mihajlovic's sexism is sadly not at all shocking.