News & Current Events: Catherine Deneuve and 99 Other People Think the #MeToo Movement Is More About Hating Men Than Protesting Sexual Violence

Veteran French actress, Catherine Deneuve, has joined 99 other women in denouncing the #MeToo movement. Say what?! She exclaims that the movement is driven by the hatred of men and less about protesting the sexual violence inflicted by men. A little backstory on the meaning behind the now famous hashtag: #MeToo was birthed after the world learned of sexual allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Many brave women (and some men), took to social media to share their stories of sexual misconduct by those in power. According to Deneuve, "legitimate protest against sexual violence" stemming from Weinstein scandal had gone too far." One has to ask, just how far is too far when raising awareness and seeking justice?

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However, she is not alone in her thinking. "This urge to send men to the slaughterhouse, instead of helping women be more autonomous, helps the enemies of sexual freedom," the 100 performers, scholars and others said in a column published Tuesday by Le Monde daily. 

This is exactly why there is a #metoo movement and Time's Up defense force. A woman's autonomy has nothing to do with men using and abusing their power and forcing them to accept unwanted sexual advances and perform sexual acts. What, if there were more sexually free women then fewer allegations would emerge? Sexually inhibited women are still shamed and assaulted and blamed for it because they are sexually "free", however you want to define that word in this situation. So no, autonomy does not make sexual violence go away. That is just like saying if they would loosen up more, then these situations wouldn't surface. 

It gets better.

"This vigilante (online) justice has punished men in their jobs, forced some to resign, when all they did was touch a knee, try to steal a kiss, talk about 'intimate' matters in a work dinner," they wrote. "We defend a right to pester, which is vital to sexual freedom."

All they did? ALL THEY DID?! All they did was touch a knee or try to steal a kiss. What's so bad about invading another's personal space and intimately touching them or forcing them to kiss you? You cannot force yourself on someone or put your hands on them without their consent and turn around and blame them for speaking out against unwanted advances. You will further insult them by trying to minimize the situation by saying 'All I did was try to steal a kiss."

It looks like this protest against a protest is more about branding than actually caring about the victims. France being the country of love and romance may look at this as a stain on their image.

"France is a country of men who love women," Guillaume Bigot, who has written about the Weinstein fallout in France, recently told the Associated Press. "Seduction is a profound part of our national identity ... the culture of the 'French lover' and the 'French kiss' is in danger because of political correctness."

Read the rest of the article here: NBC News

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