She was one of around 100 French female writers, performers and academics who wrote an open letter deploring the wave of 'denunciations' that followed claims Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein raped and sexually assaulted women over decades.
The women claimed that the 'witch-hunt' that has followed the accusations now threatens sexual freedom.'Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not - nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack,' explained the letter, which was published in the daily 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 hugely explicit 2002 bestseller 'The Sexual Life of Catherine M'.
Men had been dragged through the mud, they argued, for 'talking about intimate subjects during professional dinners or for sending sexually charged messages to women who did not return their attentions.'The letter attacked feminist social media campaigns like #Me Too and its French equivalent #Balancetonporc (Call out your pig) for unleashing this 'puritanical... It claimed that 'legitimate protest against the sexual violence that women are subject to, particularly in their professional lives', had turned into a witch-hunt.'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.'The signatories - which included a porn star-turned-agony aunt - claimed they were defending sexual freedom, for which 'the liberty to seduce and importune was essential'.
The letter attacked feminist social media campaigns like #Me Too and its French equivalent #Balancetonporc (Call out your pig) for unleashing this 'puritanical... Pictured: Deneuve in 1965Oscar-nominated Deneuve, 74, is best known internationally for playing a bored housewife who spends her afternoons as a prostitute in Luis Bunuel's classic 1967 film, 'Belle du Jour'.
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It argues instead that the basis of resistance is the fear that the material benefits of Western technologies can be enjoyed only at the price of giving up indigenous ways of knowing and valuing the world, an idea fostered as much by present-day elites, who have internalized the colonial elites ...
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