10/23/2017 11:46:55 AM
|written By : Team India Se|
Inspired by the recent #MeToo campaign, Sandra Muller, a French journalist living in New York, took things a step further and launched the #BalanceTonPorc campaign, which encourages French women to not just share their experiences of abuse but also name the perpetrators.
French women have since taken to social media to recount their experiences under the #BalanceTonPorc hashtag, which translates to “expose your pig”.
The French women have gone further, with some naming names rather than just sharing their experience of abuse or discrimination.
This appears to have invited some trouble from parties who have been named. Muller, for instance, was warned by laywers to delete a tweet in which she had named a French executive who had made indecent remarks to her.
Reactions to the viral campaign are mixed. Some, like France’s minister of gender equality Marlene Schiappa, applauded the campaign.
“Anything that allows women to talk is a good method. I understand that being behind a screen can make it easier to put extremely difficult issues into words.”
Schiappa announced plans for a new law against sexual harassment and violence earlier this week, which would impose penalties such as a fine on men for wolf-whistling and lewd behaviour.
However, the #BalanceTonPorc campaign drew flak from others, who criticised it for focusing on revenge and public shaming rather than making changes to the legislation.
Speaking to French magazine Valeurs Actuelles, actress Catherine said that she found the campaign “disgusting”. “Does it contribute anything? Will it solve the problem?” she questioned.