343 Sluts & Bastards….the same issue but at different ends

In France in 1971 a declaration manifesto written by Simone de Beauvoir was signed by 343 famous women admitting to having had an ‘avortement” (abortion), thereby exposing themselves to criminal prosecution. The manifesto appeared in a French magazine and was known as the “Manifesto of the 343 Sluts / Bitches”
Among these signatories were Catherine Deneuve and Marguerite Duras, Francoise Sagan, Simone de Beauvoir, and Jeanne Moreau

In December 1974 abortion became legal in France

Flash Forward to December 2013…. iconic actress Catherine Deneuve signs another petition, along with scores of other French celebrities, this time condemning government plans to punish clients of sex workers.deneuve_anti_prosUnder current rules, prostitution is legal in France, but soliciting and pimping are prohibited.
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November 2013: last month in France, a bunch of prominent MEN launched a campaign, known as “Touche pas à ma pute: Le manifeste de 343 ‘salauds’” (Hands off my Hooker: the manifesto of the 343 ‘BASTARDS’) that has appalled, outraged or amused members of the French public.
The catalyst for their campaign is a controversial law that would make seeing a street prostitute illegal and increase fines up to 1,500 euros for clients of these prostitutes.

“We need to destroy the idea that prostitution is a happy trade,” claimed  Socialist Member of Parliament Maud Olivier, adding that of the estimated 40,000 sex workers in France, 80%women and 90%are immigrants.

Socialist MP Anne-Yvonne Le Dain spoke strongly against the petition:  “Shame on these 343 horny morons and their pitiful manifesto,” she said. “The 343 sluts were claiming, in their era, the right to be able to do as they wished with their own bodies, the 343 scumbags are claiming the right to do as they wish with the bodies of others. I don’t think anything further needs to be said.”

I think I agree more with Manon – a female sex-worker who claimed:  “Prostitutes will have to work more clandestinely to protect their clients, putting them at greater danger of violence and further away from sexual health services. It also means a drop in the number of clients, making it harder for us to make a living,” she added. “This in turn means that punters will be in a stronger position to pressure prostitutes into doing things they don’t want to do, including having unprotected sex.”prostitution_protest_The_Local

Ah The French ………..

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