French actresses hit back at #MeToo 'witch hunt'

French actresses hit back at #MeToo 'witch hunt'

French actresses hit back at #MeToo 'witch hunt'

Iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve has attacked the "puritanism" sparked by recent sexual harassment scandals, declaring that men should be "free to hit on" women. "This expeditious justice already has its victims, men sanctioned in their job functions, forced to resign, etc, while their only wrong is to have touched a knee, tried to steal a kiss, spoken of "intimate" things during a professional dinner or to have sent sexually suggestive messages to a woman whose attraction was not reciprocal".

"Rape is a crime but insistent or clumsy flirting is not, nor is gallantry a macho aggression", the letter read, claiming that in a healthy society men should have the "indispensable freedom to offend and bother" women.

Other signatories on the letter include Catherine Millet, author of the 2002 bestseller The Sexual Life of Catherine M.; actress Ingrid Caven; publisher Joëlle Losfeld; actress and filmmaker Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman; actress Christine Boisson; and former porn film actress Brigitte Lahaie.

"Using the French equivalent hashtag, "BalanceTonPorc", meaning "SquealOnYourPig", the signatories said the movement has become a fervor to send the "'pigs' to the slaughterhouse, far from helping women to empower themselves, and actually serves the enemies of sexual freedom, [and] religious extremists".

The letter also attacks the popular feminist social media campaign #MeToo, along with the French counterpart campaign, #BalanceTonPorc (Call out your pig), claiming that these campaigns have turned "legitimate protest against the sexual violence that women are subject to, particularly in their professional lives", into a witch hunt.

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They insisted that women were 'sufficiently aware that the sexual urge is by its nature wild and aggressive.

Deneuve is best known for her role in the 1967 worldwide classic, "Belle de Jour", in which she played a bored housewife who worked in a brothel.

"What began as freeing women up to speak has today turned into the opposite - we intimidate people into speaking "correctly", shout down those who don't fall into line, and those women who refused to bend [to the new realities] are regarded as complicit and traitors".

'As women we do not recognise ourselves in this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power, takes on a hatred of men and of sexuality'. "After "calling out your pig" what are we going to have, "call our your whore"?", she stated past year.

In October, Deneuve similarly called the movement "excessive," saying it was not "the right way to change things". "We censor an Egon Schiele nude on a poster... we seek the cancellation of a retrospective of Roman Polanski's works... an academic finds Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow-Up "misogynistic" and 'unacceptable'".

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