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16 January 2018, 12:52 | Mandy Simon
Catherine Deneuve Clarifies Position On Manifesto That Slammed #MeToo
Author Catherine Millet author of the bestselling memoir, The Sexual Life of Catherine M, and one of the main movers behind the text, also raised eyebrows by standing by a claim that she "really regretted not having being raped, because then I could have shown that you get over it".
The open letter, published by French newspaper Le Mondelast week, was signed by a cadre of female French writers, performers, businesswomen and others.
Deneuve said "nothing in the letter pretends that harassement has some good, otherwise I would not have signed it".
Deneuve later writes that she "believes in justice" when it comes to supporting sexual assault victims. "It is to them and them alone that I offer my apologies", the actress said in a letter published on Sunday on the website of French daily Liberation. I don't decide the guilt of these men because I am not qualified to do so.
Catherine Deneuve is walking back her support of a letter decrying the efforts and effects of the #MeToo movement. "I don't like this pack mentality, all too common these days". "I could obviously say that I've often been a witness of situations that were more than indelicate, or some that I know from other actresses about filmmakers who abused cowardly of their power", wrote Deneuve. "They will have neither my gratitude nor my friendship", she wrote.
To those critics who said she is not a feminist, she reminded them that she had signed a landmark 1971 manifesto defending abortion rights, written by Simone de Beauvoir and signed by another 342 women, who, like her, had had abortions.
"Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone's knee or try to steal a kiss".
"Rape is a crime, but insistent or clumsy flirting is not an offense, nor is gallantry macho aggression", the letter stated.
But the 74-year-old actress said she did not like the "media lynching" and "climate of censorship" she said was unleashed by the #MeToo campaign, known in France as #balancetonporc.
Men had been dragged through the mud, they insisted, for "talking about intimate subjects during professional dinners or for sending sexually-charged messages to women who did not return their attentions".
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