Women defend men:
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.