PARIS — Even as the Harvey Weinstein scandal has forced Americans to confront the reality of sexual harassment and assault, it has more than touched a nerve here in France.In a country where flirting is a way of life, and where a unique blend of Gallic machismo and age-old codes of chivalry can be seen in virtually every corner cafe, women, it would seem, have had enough.A social media campaign erupted here almost simultaneously with the appearance of #MeToo in the United States — except French women took it further with #balancetonporc, which loosely translated means “squeal on your pig.” As in the United States, after women began naming and shaming their attackers, some of the most prominent men in French public life stood accused of sexual assault [ . . . ] More at: Weinstein scandal sparks an uproar in France – The Washington Post
By Michael Stevenson
I read today that a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll found that 91 percent of women (in the U.S.) called workplace sexual harassment a problem, along with 81 percent of men.
This must change, and I am not going to write that I am a husband and father to a young woman, because if I were father to a male hedgehog, I would still demand that women should be able to work and live their lives without being sexually harassed.
It is disgusting that in Donald Trump, America elected a president who boasted of assaulting women.
Actress Emma Thompson recently spoke out about predators Harvey Weinstein and Trump: “I didn’t know about these things, but they don’t surprise me at all, and they’re endemic to the system,” Thompson, said during an interview with BBC Newsnight.
“What I find sort of extraordinary is that this man is at the top of a very particular iceberg, you know he’s — I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict,’ he’s a predator. But what he’s, as it were, at the top of the ladder of is a system of harassment, and belittling, and bullying, and interference, and what my mother would have referred to in the old days as ‘pestering.’”
“‘Is he pestering you?’ That’s the word we used to use in the olden days, if you recall. This has been part of our world, women’s world, since time immemorial. So what we need to start talking about is the crisis in masculinity, the crisis of extreme masculinity, which is this sort of behavior, and the fact that it is not only OK, but it also is represented by the most powerful man in the world at the moment,” Thompson added, seemingly referencing Donald Trump.
Bravo to that, Emma!
Not only Hollywood actresses, but thousands of women around the globe are now speaking out about sexual harassment and they are holding accountable the reputation of employers and entire industries.
What a great lesson it would be to hold accountable the most powerful predator in the United States – Donald Trump? He has been ‘pestering’ for too long. His time is up.