Men in France could be fined €350 (US$435) if they follow women in the street, whistle at them, make loud comments about their appearance or ask for their phone numbers, according to a draft proposal to combat “sexual contempt.”
The new report will be presented to the French government in the coming days, local media report. The plans come from a parliamentary working group set up by France’s secretary of state for equality, Marlene Schiappa. The politicians behind the proposal suggest that men who “violate women’s freedom of movement in public space” should face a minimum fine of €90 for those who can pay on the spot. If the fine is delayed, it could reach €350, the report says. The document will be presented to Schiappa, Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet, and Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb.
Schiappa initially called for the legislation in October 2017, saying that street harassment should be a punishable offence. The 34-year-old feminist is working closely with French President Emmanuel Macron, who once said that harassment could be combated by creating a “simpler verbalization procedure” so that “there is an immediate response” when it occurs.
This is all getting out of hand now. In the UK all you hear on the news is the latest witch hunt against men.
Before long men will have to keep their eyes down to avoid eye contact..
Millennials watching classic Bond movies for the first time blast ‘sexist’ and ‘racist’ plots online – and describe Sean Connery’s 007 as ‘basically a rapist’
Young viewers watching vintage James Bond for the first time left shocked
Older movies in the decades-long Bond franchise dubbed ‘sexist’ and ‘racist’
People have taken issue with Sean Connery’s 007, insisting he was a ‘wife beater’
Others have said in a post-Weinstein world old Bond flicks are ‘offensive’
James Bond is part of British cinematic history, with 26 films spanning the past 56 years – but some millennials watching 007’s early outings for the first time are taking issue with the movies’ ‘inappropriate’ content.
Some viewers too young to witness past Bonds like Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton – and even Pierce Brosnan – in action at the cinema have expressed their shock at the ‘sexist’ and ‘racist’ contents of the films in a modern context.
The older Bond movies may have stood the test of time in the eyes of true devotees of Ian Fleming’s hero – but those people coming to the franchise with fresh eyes say the spy’s sexually aggressive actions are unacceptable.
In particular, Sean Connery’s James Bond – the Scottish actor took the title role in seven Bond flicks between 1962 and 1983 – has been described variously as a ‘sexist wife beater’, a ‘scumbag’, and a ‘rapist’ by modern viewers.
It comes after the arrival of seminal ’90s sitcom on Friends on Netflix sparked an online outcry among 20-somethings seeing the episodes for the first time, who branded it ‘transphobic’, ‘homophobic’, and ‘sexist’.
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