This is a long way from being true of course, but even the few Hollywood stars and media commentators brave enough to point out the truth, that the vast majority of men are not sexual predators and know how to behave properly with women both in company and when alone together. A hundred French feminists, led by Catherine Deneuve have signed a letter published in Le Monde to castigate the #MeToo campaign for launching a withch hunt and demonizing all men.
In Britain many older feminists are starting to say the #MeToo crowd have gone to far and criticism of male conduct has descended into irrational hatred. In France the pushback has been even stronger.
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Catherine Deneuve looks back to the 1960s
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Ian McEwan is right about the #MeToo mob mentality
I once asked the novelist Ian McEwan about the challenges of he faces, as a man, writing in a woman’s voice, as he often does. I posed the question after a talk he gave at the Hay Festival a few years back, and was disappointed when he responded with little more than a shrug and an off-hand remark – I found this very sub-par from one of Britain’s most nuanced observers of gender dynamics.
For all that, McEwan’s got courage in matters of sexual politics, and for this I applaud him. Last week, he strolled right into hellfire – presumably knowingly – when he said that he would keep “a degree of scepticism” about the full array of charges against Harvey Weinstein until the former movie mogul, accused of rape and sexual assault, stands trial.
Speaking on the Today programme, he said that when “the whole mob is in full cry”, he is inclined to “withhold judgments until I have heard the arguments in court”.