Sexual harassment: Breaking the silence‭… ‬at work too

Asked about‭ ‬the‭ ‬Harvey Weinstein story during his‭ ‬October‭ ‬15th long interview‭ ‬on the TF1‭ ‬channel,‭ ‬Emmanuel Macron‭ ‬shed a‭ ‬perfunctory‭ ‬tear about the daily violence experienced by women.‭ ‬In a surge of political courage,‭ ‬he is about to‭… ‬cancel Weinstein’s legion of honour.‭ ‬This really must frighten all the rapists in the world‭… ‬With a friend like Macron,‭ ‬women need no enemies‭!

Police everywhere,‭ ‬justice nowhere
‭ ‬Macron was forced into promising a new law on sexual harassment for‭ ‬2018.‭ ‬He used this to sneak in the long planned‭ “‬daily safety police‭”‬.‭ ‬But who will believe there will be less harassment in the street simply with more cops in the subway‭? ‬Even if it was possible to catch gender-based abuse in the act‭ – ‬not very likely‭ – ‬what will the police do‭? ‬Recall that the police often refuse to file rape complaints and,‭ ‬sometimes,‭ ‬cops are the rapists.
‭ ‬ And guess what,‭ ‬Macron considers‭ ‬that‭ ‬most of the harassment happens in‭ “‬the roughest neighbourhoods‭” … ‬that’s wrong‭! ‬It happens everywhere,‭ ‬and to our knowledge,‭ ‬Harvey Weinstein did not operate in Los Angeles ghettos‭! ‬Recent news and all studies show that harassment and‭ ‬sexual‭ ‬abuse happens in all social circles.‭ ‬Macron insults women victims by using harassment for security and racist purposes,‭ ‬to‭ ‬reinforce racial profiling and questioning.

‭ ‬Macron conveniently ignored that‭ ‬25%‭ ‬of sexual‭ ‬violence happen in the workplace.‭ ‬One in five women is a victim of harassment during her professional life.‭ ‬This is being revealed following the‭ ‬Weinstein story,‭ ‬at least on social media with the Twitter thread‭ ‬#MeToo.‭ ‬Even in France,‭ ‬with‭ ‬#BalanceTonPorc,‭ ‬which translates into‭ ‬#ExposeYourPig.‭ ‬A powerful counter strike,‭ ‬whereby women denounce abuse and sexual harassment at work,‭ ‬usually from a supervisor or a boss.‭ ‬They have to fight daily obscene words or behaviours,‭ ‬even aggression‭… ‬facing management,‭ ‬threats,‭ ‬and even job loss.
‭ ‬The government is being‭ ‬quite hypocritical.‭ ‬Officially it is going to war against sexual harassment,‭ ‬but at the same time it just got rid of one of the few weak legal‭ ‬mechanisms that help fight harassment:‭ ‬the‭ ‬health,‭ ‬safety and working conditions committee.‭ ‬Behind a feminist mask,‭ ‬successive governments have been responsible in large part for women’s wages being‭ ‬24%‭ ‬less than men’s,‭ ‬for abortion rights being threatened by the closing of many family planning centres,‭ ‬and for less than‭ ‬2%‭ ‬of rape cases leading to a conviction.
‭ ‬In France,‭ ‬in the‭ ‬21st century,‭ ‬84,000‭ ‬women are raped each year and sexual‭ ‬violence‭ ‬is part of their daily life.‭ ‬The capitalist society‭ ‬relies on this‭ ‬subjugation of women.‭ ‬It uses it to divide‭ ‬the oppressed,‭ ‬the workers,‭ ‬so‭ ‬in‭ ‬the final analysis it organises it,‭ ‬with support from all religions,‭ ‬which have always seen women as responsible for sins‭… ‬and today sees them as responsible for men’s sexuality.
‭ ‬Women are neither preys for‭ ‬the lustful,‭ ‬nor trophies for the powerful to collect.‭ ‬It is time to defend ourselves collectively against these men who use the power given to them by this exploitative society.‭ ‬It is time to fight,‭ ‬as women and as workers,‭ ‬against this system that is made to enslave us.‭ ‬This is a fight for the whole working class‭!