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French actress Catherine Deneuve is under fire from feminists because of her criticism of the #MeToo movement, calling it a new “Puritanism” that threatens sexual freedom. Deneuve and about 100 French women in the entertainment industry and academia wrote an open letter published in Le Monde, calling the feminist-driven campaign extreme.
“Rape is a crime,” the letter states as translated in The New York Times. “But insistent or clumsy flirting is not a crime, nor is gallantry a chauvinist aggression. As a result of the Weinstein affair, there has been a legitimate realization of the sexual violence women experience, particularly in the workplace, where some men abuse their power. It was necessary. But now this liberation of speech has been turned on its head.”
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“This expedited justice already has its victims, men prevented from practicing 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.”
French feminist Caroline De Hass lashed out, writing, “The signatories of the Le Monde article are deliberately confusing a relationship of seduction, based on respect and pleasure, with violence. To mix everything is quite practical. It allows everything to go into one basket. If harassment or aggression are ‘heavy flirting’ then it’s not too serious. The signatories are wrong.”
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Deneuve also got backlash on Twitter:
In the explosive letter, Deneuve and others argue that men are losing their jobs and reputations for “talking about intimate subjects during professional dinners or for sending sexually charged messages to women who did not return their attentions.” They said a “legitimate protest against the sexual violence that women are subject to, particularly in their professional lives” has...
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