The French actress Catherine Deneuve has been said that men must be “free to hit on” women.
She is one of the 100 French women who wrote an open letter, warning about a new “puritanism” unleashed by the recent scandals of sexual harassment.
The letter denounces a wave of “complaints” after claims that US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been raped or sexually assaulted dozens of women.
Mr. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.
However, has admitted that her behavior has “caused a lot of pain”.
Harvey Weinstein scandal: Who has accused him of what?What makes the open letter say?
The letter by French women writers, artists and academics, which was published in France, Le Monde newspaper on Tuesday.
“The men have been punished summarily forced out of their jobs when all he did was touch a person’s knee or try to steal a kiss,” he said.
“Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even in a persistent or clumsily, it is not – and nor are men to be chivalrous a sexist attack”.
The authors argued that there was a new “puritanism” in progress in the world.
It said that while it is legitimate and necessary to speak out against the abuse of power by some men, the persistent allegations that have spiralled out of control.
According to the authors, this is the creation of a public mood in which women see themselves as powerless, as perpetual victims.
“As women we do not recognise ourselves in this feminism, which, beyond denouncing the abuse of power, the hatred of men and of sexuality.”Who are the signatories?
Deneuve is by far the most prominent of them.
The other 99 women who signed the document include some well-known figures, including actress Christine Boisson; conservative journalist Ã‰lisabeth LÃ©vy Brigitte Lahaie, a 1970s porn star who is now a talk-show host; Catherine Millet, a writer and editor of the magazine.
There are also less known names in the world of entertainment, the arts, the media and the academy. The majority of the signatories, however, are professionals who are not known to the French public.Is Deneuve prone to weight of public affairs?
It is not known as an activist of the star. However, the last year for 74 years, spoke out against the social media campaigns to embarrass the men accused of harassing women.
Women and men around the world who have been subjected to sexual harassment have been sharing their stories via social media using the hashtag #MeToo.
In France, Twitter users are using #Balancetonporc (“the rat in his dirty old man”) to encourage women to name and shame their attackers.How ‘MeToo’ is exposing the scale of child sexual abuse
Ms Deneuve, an actress nominated for an Oscar, has been in over 100 films, making his debut in 1957.