PIETRASANTA, ITALY – Down a narrow lane in this sleepy Tuscan town there is one particularly clean and tidy home, with one particularly unlikely housekeeper: a man. In this traditionally macho land, Fiorenzo Bresciani happily dons an apron, flutters his duster, and spends hours at the ironing board. When his wife, a doctor, comes home from a hard day’s work, Mr. Bresciani has dinner on the table.
“Italy is changing,” he says. “Economic changes mean Italian men are making beds, doing the ironing and the vacuum cleaning these days. We think it’s time to change the way people think about housework – make it respectable.”
To make his point, Mr Bresciani has insisted that authorities list his profession as “househusband” on his national ID card.
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