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

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2018

Deneuve was among about 100 performers, scholars and others who signed an open letter published Tuesday by the newspaper Le Monde saying the "legitimate protest against sexual violence" stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal has gone too far and threatens hard-won sexual freedoms.

Just like in the good old witch-hunt days, what we are once again witnessing here is puritanism in the name of a so-called greater good, claiming to promote the liberation and protection of women, only to enslave them to a status of eternal victim and reduce them to defenseless preys of male chauvinist demons.

It claimed that men have been subjected to mudslinging for "talking about intimate subjects during professional dinners or for sending sexually charged messages to women who did not return their attentions". This was necessary. But what was supposed to liberate voices has now been turned on its head: We are being told what is proper to say and what we must stay silent about - and the women who refuse to fall into line are considered traitors, accomplices!

In Wednesday's letter, De Haas and her fellow activists welcomed these changes, but said that "every time that women's rights progress...resistance appears".

Some women who were strong enough to demand equal pay, it claimed, would "not be traumatised forever by a fondler on the metro", even if it is a crime, preferring to see it as a "non-event". In the same way, we defend a freedom to bother as indispensable to sexual freedom.

Deneuve had earlier expressed annoyance with the #MeToo social media campaign to shame men accused of harassing women.

Australian novelist and broadcaster Van Badham, who wrote past year of her own ordeal at the hands of a prominent abuser, said women "who have exposed the damaged tissues of the shame inflicted on us by our predators are also quite "clear-eyed" on the distinction". "After "Calling out your pig" what are we going to have, 'Call out your whore?'" she said. 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.

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

Men, for their part, are called on to embrace their guilt and rack their brains for "inappropriate behavior" that they engaged in 10, 20 or 30 years earlier, and for which they must now repent.

The article also criticized the "confusion of the man and the work", chastising a campaign to ban a Roman Polanski retrospective at a Paris cinema last November. While his victim Samantha Geimer wants the case dropped so she can get on with her life, Deneuve told French television that she "always found the word "rape" excessive" in the circumstances.

Since the letter went public yesterday, many have commented, such as American conservative philosopher Christina Hoff Sommers, who is known for her critique of contemporary feminism and who tweeted quotes from the letter in support.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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