“We defend the freedom to importune…” Catherine Deneuve rocks and — as always — so do the French

10 Jan

Catherine 3500Here’s full Guardian article.

Money quote:

The Deneuve letter, published in Le Monde, was signed by other well-known French writers, artists and academics, including Catherine Millet, author of the explicit 2002 memoir The Sexual Life of Catherine M, which defended libertine lifestyles. The letter claimed men had been “summarily punished, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss”. The #MeToo campaign – #BalanceTonPorc (Expose your pig) in France – had unleashed a “puritanical … wave of purification”, the letter said.

“Rape is a crime, but flirting, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not – nor is men being gallant a macho attack,” read the letter, entitled: “We defend the freedom to importune, indispensable for sexual freedom.”  [My emphasis]

Best and most French part is the note on the “quality” of the flirting — that it shouldn’t be punished even if it’s a crappy performance.

This issue made my day.

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