It’s 2018 and it may soon become illegal for men to flirt in romantic Paris. Courtship: a game of life or fines. Men must risk dodging sexual harassment accusations at every “I like your dress” comment. Good news for men is, they can still flirt in America. For now. Bad news: no picking up French filles by the Eiffel Tower.
French lawmakers are trying to outlaw “sexist” catcalling by enforcing a fine.
A group of French lawmakers wants a fine of at least 90 euros ($110) for people caught making sexist catcalls.
The five lawmakers submitted proposals to the government Wednesday that included a fine for “comments, behavior or pressure of a sexist or sexual character” that is degrading, humiliating, intimidating, hostile or offensive. Details of how it would be enforced are unclear.
Dirty comments directed at a woman are never bien. This proposal, however, does a poor job of defining “sexist” or “sexual nature.” Meaning it could be anything from genuinely complimenting a girl’s appearance to opening a door for a woman. Is asking a girl for her number a characteristic of the patriarchy, which must be annihilated?
France doesn’t have a lovely Constitution guaranteeing free speech like Lady Liberty does. Despite them gifting us with the New York statue. Our free speech values were our gift to them. They declined.
The implications of this catcalling law point to a bigger issue, within culture. Banning a certain kind of speech or person demolishes the free exchange of ideas. Also, the free exchange of numbers. Compliments. Free dinners for the ladies. The future population of France. Think of the children!
On a side note, though, men still shouldn’t say filthy things to women. Take a cue from Weinstein and the bushel of rotten pervs. This is an obvious staple of common decency, which should be enforced via parenting. Not the law. Raise better children and the government won’t have to be their daddy. Easy peasy.
Not all women are feminists. Thus, a lot of them like the compliments men give. Observe.