TruthRevolt wholeheartedly supports ending violence against women, but criminalizing insults? Ooh là là!
On Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out several legislative measures aimed at fighting violence against women, including a monetary penalty for using “gender-based insults.”
In celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, first-term President Macron pledged that he will “fight for the non-negotiable equality of both sexes.” In his speech marking the little-known holiday, Macron made clear his charge to change the sexual dynamics of a country known for seduction and romance.
Obviously wanting to make a big splash with the ladies in his relatively new role as head of the nation, Macron announced measures to make the system by which rape and assault victims report crimes simpler, and to allow women to “hail” public buses “on demand” at night. With regard to sexual abuse, Macron demanded that “it is essential that shame changes camp.”
According to France24, one proposal that may be part of a 2018 bill is the extension of France's 20-year statute of limitation for the rape of minors by ten years. Moreover, while the nation currently has no official minimum age for sexual consent, Macron has expressed interest in setting it at 15.
Another potential component of the bill is the criminalization of street harassment:
"Many harassers practice wolf-whistling and other types of verbal stigmatization -- and for a long time people reacted with indifference...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."
In his attempt to change the dynamics of sexual exchange, Macron isn't stopping with cat calls; in a shocking move, he stated that sex-specific criticisms will no longer be tolerated by the government:
"Gender-based insults will be punishable by law. Offenders will face a deterrent fine.”
Holy mackerel. Thank God for America's First Amendment, which protects us from such tyranny.
Notably, France24 reports that it is none other than leftist Harvey Weinstein's exposure as a sexual predator that has ramped up discussion of sexual harassment in the European land of amour. Therefore, in addition to a host of traumatized women, the disgraced Hollywood producer can now add to his legacy France's impending fascist crackdown on free speech. Way to go, Weinstein. And France.