French artists rebuff #MeToo witch-hunt

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 Linda Tenenbaum writes arts and social commentary for wsws.org, a socialist publication. 

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5 thoughts on “French artists rebuff #MeToo witch-hunt

  1. Ah yes, Catherine Deneuve in her little black leather dress. So chic. So unaware. Was it the french who created foie gras? Little bit of sadistic pleasure must be preserved. It is not puritanism to respect a woman’s right to remain free from groping.

    just as little bit of animal abuse is not good… Just as it does not matter if a woman is wealthy or poor…. being hit on ala trump style of groping is not wanted…. not fun and not harmless to clumsy flirtation. It is an abuse of power intended to humiliate and keep women in their place…. according to the patriarchy.

  2. Nice liberal comments from the French theatre booboisie who like their US counterparts are better at imitating life (via Erasmus, who criticized theoretical dogmatism) than facing reality. Accustomed by their doctrinaire philosophy which allows for very little if any deviation at all, the trusty Trotskies will trot out their nonsense about a fictional hatred between men and women being fostered by the #metoo movement. Oh well, just transpose woman with black and see what you get. Discrimination does not stop at the door of Tiffany’s or of Bonwit Teller’s, women anywhere and everywhere partake of the same fate, of being approached as objects. Objectification is what the #metoo is all about and it is time that the capitalist US learns a bit of humility and understands that not everything is fine in this mythical land of Cockayne. We are not robots, women say and that is to be supported fully and forget about radical Trotskyist correctness. Idealists of that sort form an enduring danger anyway to a liberating movement because their theories weigh heavier than any rests of humanitarianism left in this mechanical world.

  3. Yeah, I was groped on the subway when I was 12 years old. I remember it, but it doesn’t affect my life every day. I had at least one man I can remember expose himself to me on the subway. Oh well. I was asked out more than once by guys I wasn’t interested in. And I was unpleasantly followed by more than one person who was interested in me. But I sure don’t equate my experiences with the real sexual abuse many women suffer, be it rape or harassment in the workplace. (And not always just grown women.) MeToo can be good for bringing awareness of what many, probably the majority of, women experience. But don’t you think it has tipped over into another one of those witch hunts we are so good at in this society these days? Not all the experiences covered by the term MeToo are equivalent. Not by a long shot.
    BTW, what REALLY makes me mad is the decades I’ve worked for lower wages than I would have been paid were I a man.

    1. Being groped is not a badge of honor…. Your cases indicates anonymous offenders….

      In cases where a job and livelihood may be denied for rejecting advances, being groped becomes an issue of power, domination and part of the reason you are receiving lower wages than your male counterparts…. Patriarchy doles out it privileges to men as it gropes women to keep them in their place.

      You seem to accept being groped as given…. it should not be. It is a bid deal and represents much more than having your personal space invaded…

    2. Tormels,

      It is great that you were strong enough to shrug aside being groped…. Many women are not…. Neither you nor they should have been subjected to this invasion of your personal space.

      Groping as described in #METOO are all too often intended to control and humiliate and all too often go on to become full fledged assaults. No woman should have to endure this infringement on the grounds that ‘boys will be boys’.

      It is great that many are finding the voice to tell their stories & that their stories have cause some of the most offensive offenders to lose status and income, along with the possibility of criminal prosecution.

      Ruth

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