French Actress Catherine Deneuve Claims The #Metoo Movement Hinders Romance.
Movies make love and romance to be almost effortless. In reality, the courting process can be awkward and rejections are quite common. But in this atmosphere of #metoo or the French version #BalannceTonPorc (Call out/Squeal on Your Pig) some men might feel a little concerned about dating. As news stories rip into men sometimes for things that don’t appear to be assault but instead awkward attempts at the courting process.
Deneuve is not referring to the Matt Lauers or the Weinsteins she is talking about men who are now afraid to make advances on women in fear of mistakenly coming across as sexual misconduct.
“Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not – nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack,” said the letter published in the newspaper Le Monde.
“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,” said the letter, which was also signed by Catherine Millet, author of the explicit 2002 bestseller The Sexual Life of Catherine M.
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“Publishers are already asking some of us to make our male characters less “sexist”, to talk about sexuality and love with less disproportion, or to ensure that the “trauma experienced by female characters” is made more obvious! At the edge of ridicule, a bill in Sweden wants to impose a consent explicitly notified to any candidate for sexual intercourse! One more effort and two adults who will want to sleep together will first check through an “app” on their phone a document in which the practices they accept and those they refuse will be duly listed.”
No one is trying to belittle rape/sexual assault they are just trying to stop the media and public from going overboard. Deneuve is trying to ensure men can still be men.
“As women, we do not recognize ourselves in this feminism which, beyond the denunciation of abuses of power, takes the face of a hatred of men and sexuality. We believe that the freedom to say no to a sexual proposal is not without the freedom to bother. And we consider that we must know how to respond to this freedom to annoy other than by shutting ourselves up in the role of the prey.”