Weinstein activists are just puritans, say Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Millet

  • Weinstein activists are just puritans, say Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Millet

Weinstein activists are just puritans, say Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Millet

Writers Catherine Millet, author of the memoir The Sexual Life of Catherine M., and Catherine Robbe-Grillet, author of S&M novels including The Punishement of Anne, also signed on.

"As a result of the Weinstein affair, there has been a legitimate realisation of the sexual violence women experience, particularly in the workplace, where some men abuse their power".

Referring to France's equivalent of #MeToo, #balancetonporc (or "squeal on your pig"), the letter contends that the "fever to send the "pigs" to the slaughterhouse is far from helping women to become autonomous" and instead "serves the interests of the enemies of sexual freedom, religious extremists, the worst reactionaries and those who deem, in the name of a conception of goodness and Victorian morality, that women are children with adult faces who want to be protected".

"However, some users shared the French actress opinion: "#CatherineDeneuve: "from one woman to another, THANK you for saying that", a user wrote.

"What began as freeing women up to speak has today turned into the opposite-we intimidate people into speaking "correctly", shout down those who don't fall into line, and those women who refused to bend [to the new realities] are regarded as complicit and traitors", it continues. They denounced what they saw as "Puritanism" and complained that women were being treated as powerless "perpetual victims", reports the BBC.

Legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve is among 100 women who signed an editorial Tuesday in French daily Le Monde, criticizing the current #MeToo movement for restricting sexual freedom.

"We defend the right to pester, which is vital to sexual freedom", they added.

They insisted that women were 'sufficiently aware that the sexual urge is by its nature wild and aggressive. They argued that forcing men to "rack their brains" and apologize for alleged misconduct from decades ago "recalled totalitarian societies".

This "puritan wave" was already bringing censorship in its wake, the women insisted, claiming that some of them had already been asked to make the male characters in their writing "less sexist", and told to tone down certain scenes to "better show the trauma suffered by female characters".

In October 2017, a group of French feminists interrupted a retrospective of film-maker Roman Polanski in Paris, with a topless protest against the Franco-Polish director who is wanted in the United States for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

In response to the #MeToo phenomenon, Deneuve said previous year that she doesn't think the "excessive" social media movement "is the right method to change things".

The French broadcasting watchdog later called her comments "retrograde".