French actress Catherine Deneuve has said that men should be “free to hit on” women. She argued that the #MeToo movement, which in France took the form #BalanceTonPorc (Squeal on your pig), has created feminism that takes the form of “a hatred of men and sexuality.
She is one of 100 French women who wrote an open letter warning about a new “puritanism.”
The letter by French women writers, performers, and academics was published in France’s Le Monde newspaper on Tuesday. “Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss,” it said. “Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or clumsily, is not – and nor is men being gentlemanly a chauvinist attack,” the BBC reported.
We have said before that France is too cool to follow American-based puritans’ lead to attack often blameless men who are ordinarily interacting with members of the opposite sex. Me too movement has cult-like dimensions and ideas buoyed by screamers who weren’t invited to the prom.
Fortunately, real women are taking offense to a group who can fairly be described at times as men haters. Equality in the workforce and sexual assaults are one thing; extremism across the board is another.
We applaud these brave French women: No apologies are necessary.