Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

French Women Slam #MeToo 'Witch Hunt'

French Women Slam #MeToo 'Witch Hunt'

"This urge to send men to the slaughterhouse, instead of helping women be more autonomous, helps the enemies of sexual freedom", Deneuve and her companions said in a column published by Le Monde daily.

In an open letter along with 100 women also in the industry in France, the Belle du Jour star calls the anti-sexual harassment campaign a "witch hunt" against men.

"Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not - nor is men being gentlemanly a chauvinistic attack", the letter reads.

While proponents of the #MeToo campaign against the sexual harassment of women argue that it helps raise awareness on the issue, critics claim it is a social media fad that is doing nothing to help those actually suffering from the damage caused by sexual assault and harassment.

In France, the #MeToo campaign is known as #BalanceTonPorc, meaning "Squeal on Your Pig"-and some women, including actress Catherine Deneuve, say it has gone too far".

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Men's "freedom to pester" is "indispensable to sexual freedom", they wrote, and that "a woman can, in the same day, lead a professional team and enjoy being the sexual object of a man, without being a 'promiscuous woman, ' nor a vile accomplice of patriarchy".

On Wednesday, French women's rights activists denounced the letter as "a bit like the awkward work colleague or annoying uncle who doesn't understand what's happening".

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".

Writer Abnousse Shalmani, one of those who signed the open letter, said she was surprised by the "extremely violent reactions" it prompted.

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