French Actress Speaks Up for Accused Men, Faces Anger

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According to a report in BuzzFeed News, actress Asia Argento, who accused Weinstein of rape, wrote, "Catherine Deneuve and other French women tell the world how their interiorized misogyny has lobotomized them to the point of no return".

Above all, we are aware that the human being is not a monolith: A woman can, in the same day, lead a professional team and enjoy being a man's sexual object, without being a "whore" or a vile accomplice of the patriarchy.

"One argument the writers make is that instead of empowering women, the #metoo and #balancetonporc movements serve the interests of "the enemies of sexual freedom and of religious extremists" and of those who believe that women are separate beings and children with the appearance of adults, demanding to be protected".

"The (male chauvinist) pigs and their allies have reason to be anxious".

The letter was also signed by Catherine Millet, author of the hugely explicit 2002 bestseller "The Sexual Life of Catherine M".

Some women who were strong enough to demand equal pay, it claimed, would "not be traumatised forever by a fondler on the metro", even if it is a crime, preferring to see it as a "non-event".

"This expedited justice already has its victims - men prevented from practising their profession as punishment or forced to resign - while the only thing they did wrong was touching a knee, trying to steal a kiss or speaking about intimate things at a work dinner or sending messages with sexual connotations to a woman whose feelings were not mutual", they write.

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Australian novelist and broadcaster Van Badham, who wrote a year ago of her own ordeal at the hands of a prominent abuser, said women "who have exposed the damaged tissues of the shame inflicted on us by our predators are also quite "clear-eyed" on the distinction". She wrote that "it's not a difference of degrees between flirting and harassment, but a difference in nature".

However, there are others who though not fully agreeing to Deneuve, said she may have some valid points to make.

They branded it a "witch-hunt" that they claim threatens sexual freedom.

ICYMI, France is having a #MeToo moment of its own. And, in an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine back in 2015, rocker Chrissie Hynde, 66, said she took "full responsibility" for a sexual assault incident she experienced at age 21, in which she was raped by a motorcycle gang member who offered her a ride to a party.

The letter is likely an example of problematic generational divides that complicate the #MeToo conversation and fail to hold men accountable for their behavior: a year ago, designer Donna Karan, 69, apologized after saying that women who were assaulted by film producer Harvey Weinstein were "asking for it".

Those sexy French are not pleased about the #MeToo crusade.

Deneuve's spokeswoman told AFP that actress "does not want to comment further" on the row.

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