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French President Vows Crackdown on 'Verbal Violence' Against Women

And he wants to censor online porn, too.

Pool/ABACA/NewscomPool/ABACA/Newscom"We are not a puritan society," French President Emmanuel Macron claimed Saturday in a speech marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. He then called for the criminalization of wolf-whistling and gender-based insults, and for requiring France's TV and radio regulators to police video games and web content.

That last item is aimed mostly at online pornography, which Macron sees (sans evidence) as a prominent cause of violence against girls and women. Porn is infiltrating French schools, Macron warned, and "we cannot ignore the kind that makes women an object of humiliation."

If Macron gets his way, France's Superior Audiovisual Council will be tasked with monitoring online videos for "the protection of the young public," and schools will implement an awareness campaign about "stereotypes, domination, and violence" in porn.

On Twitter, French porn star Manuel Ferrara pushed back against Macron's suggestion that exposure to porn is linked to a propensity to assault women. Rather than "demonize" porn, Ferrara suggested, the president should sit down with adult entertainers for a discussion. Ferrara later accused Macron of "faire un amalgame"—jumping to conclusions—about the supposed effects of online pornography. "It's the same with video games," Ferrara told France Inter. "It's like saying a teenager who plays Call of Duty is going to pick up a gun and kill everyone in his school."

Macron also said Saturday that "legislative changes will be made not only to better prevent but also to prosecute those who act on the Internet to harass." And he promised penalties for IRL harassment, too, suggesting that that gender-based insults and catcalling should soon "be punishable by law" and that "offenders will face a deterrent fine."

For a long time, people reacted with indifference to the "verbal violence" women frequently face on the streets, said Macron.

This is unacceptable. Women must feel comfortable in public spaces. Women in the republic must not be afraid to use public spaces. This must be one of the priorities of the police.

Not all of the ideas Macron touted were terrible. He also suggested a sensible system allowing sexual assault victims to file an initial complaint online or at a hospital instead of having to go in person to a police station. And he called for the country to set the age of sexual consent at 15. (France currently has no minimum age of consent.)

To enact such measures, Macron promised to increase the budget dedicated to female and male equality to more than 420 million Euros next year.

On Saturday, Macron tweeted that "the first pillar" in his fight for "equality between women and men" is "the fight against violence against women." However, he added, "I do not want us to fall into a society where every relationship between a man and a woman becomes a suspicion of domination."

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  • Stormy Dragon||

    And he called for the country to set the age of sexual consent at 15. (France currently has no minimum age of consent.)

    Roy Moore for French Ambassador?

  • colorblindkid||

    Convenient that 15 is exactly how old he was when he met his future wife, who was 39 years old and married at the time.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Someone doesn't want to completely shut down la ville de cougar.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    You're doing it wrong. You're supposed to tie it up first.

  • ||

    Totally the girl in this. Now he's French prissing.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    "It's the same with video games," Ferrara told France Inter. "It's like saying a teenager who plays Call of Duty is going to pick up a gun and kill everyone in his school."

    It's probably the opposite. We need to get super cool video games (pew, pew, pew) to young men in dangerous conditions. It will give them something to do other than die in a firefight.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    France currently has no minimum age of consent.

    How often is that actually a problem? We do see many issues here with a 17 year old fucking an 18 year old and the latter going to prison. I wonder if there is a standard that can be used that isn't just age.

    I always feel gross taking about these things because it sounds like I want to fuck kids. So, I repeat once more for propriety that I only like MILFs.

  • mashed potatoes||

    "I wonder if there is a standard that can be used that isn't just age."

    Half your age plus 7. that at least seems to be the creepy threshold.

  • Leo Kovalensky||

    "Half your age plus 7. that at least seems to be the creepy threshold."

    Oh to be -2 again...

  • BYODB||

    Hihn is legend. When they say he's married to the earth, they don't mean that as a euphemism. They mean the Earth was the only object who's age ratio was appropriate for a wedding.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Hihn is our world's Tom Bombadil?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Cultural appropriation.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Hihn has been known to make a land virginny every now and again.

  • buybuydandavis||

    ageist

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'm in record saying all teenagers are the devil

  • ||

    So, I repeat once more for propriety that I only like MILFs.

    MILFs below the age of consent isn't any less gross, dude.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Why do you have to make it so crass.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    It's easy to find them. Just hand out at the free abortion clinics. So I'm told.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    Hang out. Hand out is a little different.

  • SIV||

    So, I repeat once more for propriety that I only like MILFs.

    Teen MILFs?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Making the same obvious joke that several other people have already made is one of the symptoms of tertiary chicken syphilis.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    How often is that actually a problem?

    Listen, when we no longer have age of consent laws your teen daughters and sons are going to jump into the rubber-sheeted bed of a bald 36-year-old libertarian.

    *crosses fingers*

  • Gaear Grimsrud||

    Statutory rape is, by definition, consensual. If violence or coercion are involved, there is an actual victim and serious charges can be brought against the aggressor. Age of consent laws create crimes against the state. I'm not sure why ENB , or any libertarian, thinks that giving government yet another tool to perpetrate it's violence is a good idea.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Yeah, France has no minimum age of consent. From the article:

    For Fatima-Ezzahra Benomar, spokeswoman for the feminist association Les Effronté-e-s (The Shameless), establishing an age of consent has been a long, uphill battle.

    "French people are only discovering now that today's law allows 11-year-old girls to consent to sexual (intercourse with) men," she said. "We've been asking for this minimum age (of consent) for a long time. At 11, you can imagine that you have no clue what is actually happening to you."

    If cases are so rare that French people don't know they exist, maybe it is possible for a country to manage without an age of consent law.

    France also has a 2% ADHD rate among boys, compared to America's 20% ADHD rate. Maybe American boys are just horny, because they can't hook up with any girls. They don't need Ritalin. They need to get laid.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    She didn't say the cases are rare, she said French people don't know they exist.

    There are lots of things the general public can be ignorant of that are still serious problems.

    Examples in America: Police brutality/corruption..... Civil Asset Forfeiture.... Congressional sex crime slush fund...

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    I'm so interested to hear how government didn't find a problem existed once researched.

  • ||

    "To enact such measures, Macron promised to increase the budget dedicated to female and male equality to more than 420 million Euros next year."

    Very funny. It doesn't take a "gender studies" major to affirm which group that budget favors. I think I find the lying the most offensive. Same for the claims of furthering freedom rather than "puritanism", and "equality" versus selective sameness.

  • ||

    'However, he added, "I do not want us to fall into a society where every relationship between a man and a woman becomes a suspicion of domination."'
    What do you mean "however"? I bet this means installing as many "anti-dominance" laws that any suspicion of [male] dominance becomes untenable. Of course that (getting rid of "patriarchy") can never be achieved, so there's no limiting element. Again, what's presented as a safeguard of freedom is the enabler of opposite measures.

  • Mickey Rat||

    He is only promising to eliminate an aspect of relations between the sexes which are pervasive in primates. No big deal.

  • ||

    Hate each other and don't have sex, the French zone.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Yeah. I'll believe that gender equality advocates are serious when they demand that schools hire more male workers.

  • colorblindkid||

    "I do not want us to fall into a society where every relationship between a man and a woman becomes a suspicion of domination."

    Too late.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    He then called for the criminalization of wolf-whistling and gender-based insults

    So a ban on Italians, then?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Okay. I'll vote for it.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Send those espresso-breathed, chain-smoking mama's boys away!

  • ||

    Once this seemed so appealing . . .

  • ||

    "I do not want us to fall into a society where every relationship between a man and a woman becomes a suspicion of domination."

    Yes, sir Mr. Brigitte Macron. I mean Emmanuel... er... Macron. Mr. Macron.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    He's manbanning for them.

  • ||

    gender-based insults

    Cocksucker? Motherfucker? Son of a Bitch?

    Doesn't "You throw like a girl!" apply to everyone in France equally already?

  • sharmota4zeb||

    In France, "cocksucker" and "motherfucker" are not gender based insults.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    How about male chauvinist pig?

  • Number 2||

    Dickhead? Dick? Having brass balls? Not having balls?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    He then called for the criminalization of wolf-whistling and gender-based insults, and for requiring France's TV and radio regulators to police video games and web content.

    As go the French...

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Rather than "demonize" porn, Ferrara suggested, the president should sit down with adult entertainers for a discussion.

    About what?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Porn.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Is it wise to invite a guy who wants to regulate the living shit out of your life into your living room to have a conversation with him? I prefer to send Granny out with her XXX jug and shotgun yellin' "Go on! GIT!" when those people come sniffing 'round my door.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    You only invite him to introduce him to the beauty of gangbangs. And clown porn. Lots of clown porn.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Not all of the ideas Macron touted were terrible. He also suggested a sensible system allowing sexual assault victims to file an initial complaint online or at a hospital instead of having to go in person to a police station.

    *warms up typing fingers*

  • Crusty Juggler||

    It isn't such a bad suggestion if you focus on the "initial" aspect of it. However, I would hope in that scenario John Law's first visit is to the victim and not to the suspected perp.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    "I do not want us to fall into a society where every relationship between a man and a woman becomes a suspicion of domination."

    Um, I used to be married, who's automatically suspected of doing the dominating here?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Macron's 94-year-old wife is dominating the dickens out of him.

  • Mickey Rat||

    "A husband leads
    A wife commands"

  • sharmota4zeb||

    I'm Jewish. A day or two before the wedding, the rabbi explained the me that my ex-wife could say "no", but I wasn't allowed to say "no".

  • Crusty Juggler||

    On Saturday, Macron tweeted that "the first pillar" in his fight for "equality between women and men" is "the fight against violence against women."

    I can't wait for Trump to tweet "the first pillar is what Melania calls my hog."

  • Mickey Rat||

    "We are not a puritan society..."

    "... but we will become one."

    Actually that gives the Puritans a bad rap, their views on sexual propriety and responsibility at least had some logical coherence.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    And he called for the country to set the age of sexual consent at 15. (France currently has no minimum age of consent.)

    Thank goodness, because as we know all adult males want to fuck 15-year-old girls. Every single one of them.

  • Zeb||

    Every single adult male wants to fuck 15 YO girls, or all adult males want to fuck every single 15 YO girl?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Exactly.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    No fatties.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    But... Variety.

  • sharmota4zeb||

    Or, two 15-year-olds should be allowed to hook up without worrying about the police. The average age for loosing one's virginity varies by country. It ranges from 17.4 in Brazil to 18.4 in the USA to 18.7 in France to 23.7 in Malaysia.

    Keep in mind that statutory rape can include sexual experiences other then sex. Dry humping or copping a feel counts. How old is the average American when he gets to second base?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    18.4 in the USA

    OH NO

  • <Unpastable>||

    How are people who never lose their virginity accounted for in those statistics?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    Nobody counts them for anything, ever.

  • Longtobefree||

    The first pillar in his fight for equality is blatantly sexist?
    Yep, sounds like France to me.

  • Zeb||

    What the hell, France? I thought you were supposed to be the cool, sexy country.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    They're certainly affirming themselves as the sexist country.

  • Old Mexican's Speedos||

    And he (Macron) wants to censor online porn, too.


    Because... why not, right?

    Odious, puritanical asshole.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Wimmen folk need a'chaperonin', seein' as they're weak and vu'nerable.

  • Fuck you, Shikha (Nunya)||

    *Except when they're powerful.

    They'll let you know which time is which. Not directly, of course. They'll give subtle hints that no rational man would ever recognize, and it will be the man's fault that her superior communication skills were unrecognized.

  • Eidde||

    Wake me up when the *Italian* President calls for a crackdown on harassing women.

  • Eidde||

    "Mama mia, you are-a so beautiful, and your purse is almost as pretty as mine, wait, where-a are you going, I have more compliments for you!"

    /brought to you courtesy of the League of Italian Stereotypes

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