Deneuve blasts #MeToo campaign, claims witch-hunt of men

13 January, 2018, 16:22 | Author: Wade Massey
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Actress Catherine Deneuve is one of 100 prominent French women arguing against the #MeToo movement.

They branded it a "witch-hunt" that they claim threatens sexual freedom.

They write: "This expedited justice already has its victims, men prevented from practising their profession as punishment, forced to resign, etc., while the only thing they did wrong was touching a knee, trying to steal a kiss, or speaking about "intimate" things at a work dinner, or sending messages with sexual connotations to a woman whose feelings were not mutual".

Caroline De Haas - self-described militant feminist and founder of the women's organization Osez Le Feminisme - made the rounds in French media today to share her disgust at the letter, which she says sounds like it comes from "another century".

The letter signed by Deneuve said some women may see being rubbed against by a man in the metro as an expression of "sexual deprivation" or a "non-event".

"The philosopher Ruwen Ogien defended the freedom to offend as essential to artistic creation".

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However, there are others who though not fully agreeing to Deneuve, said she may have some valid points to make.

The letter got a mostly hostile reception on social media, quickly becoming the most tweeted story onTwitter in France.

In the letter, the women also denounced #MeToo for punishing men too abruptly.

In October, Deneuve similarly called the movement "excessive," saying it was not "the right way to change things".

"Instead of helping women, this frenzy to send (male chauvinist) "pigs" to the abattoir actually helps the enemies of sexual liberty - religious extremists and the worst sort of reactionaries", the collective of women who signed the letter said. "After "Calling our your pig" what are we going to have, 'Call out your whore?'" she said past year. "But we are also clear-eyed enough not to confuse an awkward attempt to pick someone up with a sexual attack".

Though these women are certainly entitled to their opinions, it seems they've missed the point. Deneuve sparked an outcry last March for her fulsome support of French-based director Roman Polanski, who is still wanted in the United States for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977. And, in an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine back in 2015, rocker Chrissie Hynde, 66, said she took "full responsibility" for a sexual assault incident she experienced at age 21, in which she was raped by a motorcycle gang member who offered her a ride to a party.

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