Home > Lifestyle > Women
Friday November 1, 2013 MYT 12:15:00 PM
Friday November 1, 2013 MYT 12:44:34 PM
by angelique chrisafis
A group of French intellectuals have come under fire from feminists over a controversial magazine petition involving sex workers. -- The Star/Filepic
Women’s groups unhappy with French magazine’s controversial petition.
A group of French intellectuals have come under fire from feminists over a magazine petition in which several high-profile male journalists, commentators and actors demanded the right to visit sex-workers.
The petition – deliberately styled along the lines of a famous 1971 feminist appeal to legalise abortion lead by Simone de Beauvoir – was aimed at countering the government’s proposals to criminalise anyone who pays for sex in France. The French parliament will soon debate Socialist proposals to make it illegal to pay for sex, meaning anyone who buys sex from any kind of sex-worker would face heavy fines.
The men’s petition in the November issue of the magazine Causeur was signed by figures including the novelist and editor Frederic Beigbeder, several journalists and columnists, comedians, actors and the lawyer Richard Malka, who has defended clients including the former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
The petition stated “some of us have gone, go, or will go to prostitutes – and we are not even ashamed”.
They added “everyone should be free to sell their charms, and even to love doing it.”
But feminists and the government expressed outrage at what they saw as the hijacking of the feminist writer de Beauvoir’s 1971 abortion manifesto in which 343 famous women, including Catherine Deneuve and Jeanne Moreau, admitted having had an abortion, something which left them liable for arrest. That petition, which the media later dubbed the manifesto of the “343 salopes” (s**ts or b**ches) helped lead to the legalisation of abortion in France.
That the men’s petition on prostitution was deliberately titled “the manifesto of the 343 b**tards” sparked fury from some women’s groups and MPs. — Guardian News & Media
Tags / Keywords:
Women, Womens rights, feminism, sex workers, prostitutes, France
Only RM400 to get a ‘sugar baby'
Sexual harassment: It’s not the woman’s fault
How Amy Poehler and Tina Fey made the Golden Globes the first feminist film awards ceremony
Fighting for equality in Malaysia
Women in need: Please do not close down shelter
#TheSoundOfMusic50: 50 interesting trivia on the beloved musical
Jamie Oliver's Italian eateries coming to European airports
A varied selection of classic favourites in PJ’s Centrestage
#TheSoundOfMusic50: These are a few of our favourite scenes
Going beyond just sun protection for skin
#TheSoundOfMusic50: Where is the cast now?
Palestinian leaders cut all security coordination with Israel - PLO officials
China says tech firms have nothing to fear from anti-terror law
More Malaysians travelling to Japan
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)