Toya Graham, the “Baltimore Mom” who forced his son to retreat from a urban riot with the sheer force of slaps, has become a subject of interest in Italy, too. She has been favorably compared to the Italian “hen mothers” who tend to shield their sons, even when they are adults, allegedly making them less responsible and socially productive.
How serious is really this debate? The myth of the Italian “mamma” is century-old, but until the Fifties the Italian families applied a really strict discipline to their members. One could even argue that such strict, conservative education produced the backlash of the Sixties.
In the end, any opinion is legitimate, provided that it is not based on mere cliches.