The model of masculinity under fascist Italy is a concept applied by several scholars to an idealized version masculinity prescribed by dictator Benito Mussolini during his reign as fascist dictator of Italy from 1925-1943. This model of masculinity, grounded in anti-modernism and traditional gender roles, was intended to help create a New Italian citizen in a budding New Italy.
The model represents a mix between purported Roman ideal, comprising both mental and physical qualities. As such, it was later superimposed onto the political persona portrayed by Mussolini himself as he rallied to gather popular support for his fascist state.
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... In other words, measures were devised by the fascist state to maximize the infiltration of the fascist ideology with regards to normative masculine ways of life ... and warlike 'Italian descent' as the National, then European and finally International model ... The New Italian was encouraged to assume the Fascist style, which included canons of male beauty as advocated by the regime ...
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