French women have come up with a new campaign against sexual harassers, assaulters and predators: BalanceTonPorc — or, expose your pig. The social media hashtag has elicited a groundswell of responses over the past week, with women around the country flooding Facebook and Twitter with their personal accounts of inappropriate sexual propositions, often from men in powerful positions. Her sharing of the alleged words of a former boss kicked off the BalanceTonPorc torrent.
A new study that looks at rapes in Paris has found that nearly half of the city's victims knew their attackers, and that nine out of 10 sexual assaults in the French capital go unreported. The highest number of rapes per capita is in the 1st arrondissement, the site of landmarks such as the Louvre museum and the historic Tuileries gardens. The 16th arrondissement, one of the most affluent areas of the city, had the most rapes overall.
French women are becoming increasingly assertive in their sexual habits, while one-in-five younger French men "has no interest in sex", according to one of the most comprehensive surveys of the nation's love lives. Britons prefer fair play while Greeks thirst for revenge Sophie Marceau's new film meets with resistance. Women now have more than twice as many partners as they did in the s, according to the study by the French Aids research agency, which is backed by the government. Carla Bruni: I wanted to marry Nicolas Sarkozy right away.
The MeToo movement has been tremendously important in debunking the myth of the man of colour as sexual predator. Yet journalists and politicians all over the world were quick to frame the Cologne events as the result of the "inherent" sexism of the brown men who had committed them. In the German press, the nearly unanimous position was that these men came from societies and religious backgrounds in which women are subjugated and mistreated.
IT IS the country known as the home of romance. When MeToo gathered quick momentum across the globe, more than high-profile women, including popular and well-known French actor Catherine Deneuve, signed an open letter to French newspaper Le Monde criticising the movement. In this now-infamous letter it defended the right of men to pester women, a bit like the famous cartoon character Pepe Le Pew.
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By Nancy Tartaglione. A collective of about women has signed an open letter published in Le Monde today rejecting what it sees as a new puritanism in the wake of the sexual harassment and assault scandals. Among the signatories, who include a number of doctors, sex experts, journalists and artists, the most famous name is Catherine Deneuve.
Generations of men were brought up to believe that they were particularly good at wooing women, and women were led to think they had a particular talent for attracting men. Far from being sophisticated lovers, French men are starting to look no better, and perhaps worse, than their Anglo-Saxon counterparts. The scandal has prompted tens of thousands of French women to take to the internet to say that they, too, have been victims of offensive behaviour.