Women de­fend men:

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One hun­dred French women – writ­ers, ac­tresses and aca­demics – have signed an open let­ter con­demn­ing the wave of de­nun­ci­a­tions that has followed the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal. In the let­ter pub­lished in Le Monde, the au­thors said that, while it was nec­es­sary to chal­lenge the abuse of power of some in­di­vid­u­als, a new “pu­ri­tanism” was tak­ing hold: men, they said, were be­ing driven out of their jobs for do­ing no more than “touch­ing some­one’s knee”, and that women were be­ing seen as pow­er­less vic­tims. “Rape is a crime, but try­ing to se­duce some­one, even per­sis­tently or cack-hand­edly, is not,” they said. In re­sponse, 30 fem­i­nists is­sued a state­ment, ac­cus­ing the sig­na­to­ries (which in­cluded the ac­tress Cather­ine Deneuve) of try­ing to “close the lid” on the scan­dal, and of scorn­ing the vic­tims of sex­ual vi­o­lence.

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