One question: WTF is “verbal violence?”
Sky News reported Sunday that French President Emmanuel Macron intends to criminalize what he calls “verbal violence towards women.”
“Gender-based insults will be punishable by law,” he reportedly said. “Offenders will face a deterrent fine.”
When the hell did insults become violence?
“Many women have said that the first sexist violence they meet is in the street,” he added. “And many harassers practice wolf whistling and other types of verbal stigmatisation — and for a long time people reacted with indifference.”
Verbal stigmatization? Really?
“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.”
Fair enough, but as noted by Emily Zanotti of The Daily Wire, “[T]he law is vague, and authorities appear to be given leeway to determine what constitutes a ‘gender-based insult’ on the fly, making what might be, in the United States, protected speech, punishable by law in France”:
Speech criminalization is a new and disturbing trend among both foreign and domestic governments. Although France is the first to criminalize “gender-based insults,” California has already taken action to stop “deliberate mis-gendering” in healthcare institutions, and is considering expanding those prohibitions.
Exactly. Criminalizing speech is dangerous. Moreover, laws protecting women and men from harassment, threats and whatever else already exist in France.
In fact, France just passed an official sexual harassment law five years ago making such harassment “a criminal offence on a par with moral harassment, with the most severe cases punishable by a three-year prison sentence and €45,000 fine,” according to The Guardian.
So why the heck is Macron now trying to criminalize so-called “verbal violence” — and only against women?
My guess is it’s because he’s a cuck …