Silvio backs Deneuve on male courtship

Bessie Dean
January 14, 2018

The French actress was one of 100 women to sign a letter in Le Monde this week defending a man's right to steal a kiss or touch a woman's knee, complaining that the campaign against harassment had become "puritanical" and that it was fuelled by a "hatred of men".

The letter stated that men should be "free to hit on women" and that "rape is a crime but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or clumsily, is not - nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack".

It said the "legitimate protest against sexual violence" stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal had gone too far and threatened hard-won sexual freedoms.

In a text published on the Franceinfotv website on Wednesday, feminist Caroline De Haas and more than 30 activists strongly criticised the letter.

"How do you give back to women the power of their bodies?"

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Last night she said that she had not intended any offence and "regret that my remarks were taken out of context" but she repeated her view, calling it an unfortunate fact.

"What I meant to say - because I know matters of sexuality by heart - is that sometimes the body and the mind do not coincide".

The 62-year-old has since apologised for the comments after she was "lynched" on social media for them.

A French former porn actress turned radio host has sparked outrage after suggesting that some women "enjoy" being raped. "Their open letter sounds like a exhausted old uncle who doesn't understand what is happening". They were accused of condoning predatory male behaviour by depicting it as oldfashioned seduction.

Mr Berlusconi spoke in support of comments made earlier this week by actress Catherine Deneuve who cautioned against a courtship backlash following the swell of sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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