French Actress Says #MeToo Movement Is A Return To Victorian Values

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

French Actress Catherine Deneuve said Tuesday that the #MeToo movement is a return to Victorian values, as it limits a woman’s sexual freedom.

“This fever to send supposed male chauvinists, referred to as pigs, to the ‘slaughterhouse’, is the opposite of giving women autonomy. The movement instead gives power to the enemies of sexual freedom, religious extremists, reactionaries with a strong support for upholding Victorian morals,” Deneuve wrote in French newspaper Le Monde.

More than 100 female academics, writers, and performers signed the letter, arguing that the pendulum has swung in the other direction and now men are being investigated for the smallest of offenses.

“As women, we do not recognise ourselves in this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power, takes on a hatred of men and of sexuality,” Denevue wrote. “Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not — nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack.”

The #MeToo movement is in association with the “Time’s Up” initiative, seeking to raise a legal defense fund against sexual harassment and assault. Actors and actresses wore black Sunday during the Golden Globe awards to protest sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.

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