Top French actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other women has denounced a backlash against men in the aftermath of Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“The #Metoo campaign against sexual harassment amounted to puritanism and was fueled by a hatred of men,” they said in a column which was published on Le Monde daily today.
After the Weinstein scandal rocked Hollywood, thousands of women took to social media to share their side of the stories about being sexually harassed or assaulted, using the #Metoo hastag worldwide or #SquealOnYourPig (#balancetonporc) in France.
“This urge to send men to the slaughterhouse, instead of helping women be more autonomous, helps the enemies of sexual freedom,” the 100 women, including 74-year old Deneuve, said.
RIGHT TO PESTER WOMAN
The man’s right to “pester” a woman was critical part of sexual freedom, the women said, describing the #MeToo campaign as “puritanism”.
The criticism of the movement could be triggered after many top Hollywood celebrities tried to be self appointed leaders by making frivolous claims and going way beyond what the #MeToo campaign originally intended.
“What began as freeing women up to speak has today turned into the opposite – we intimidate people into speaking ‘correctly’, shout down those who don’t fall into line, and those women who refused to bend [to the new realities] are regarded as complicit and traitors,” they said.
“Instead of helping women this frenzy to send these (male chauvinist) ‘pigs’ to the abattoir actually helps the enemies of sexual liberty – religious extremists and the worst sort of reactionaries.”
“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.”
Along with Denueve, author Catherine Millet was among the list of people to sign the letter.
The letter claims that the ongoing sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood are threatening “sexual liberty” and taking on a “hatred of men” mentality.