Tuesday 24 September 2019

French name and shame colleagues on Twitter

French journalist Sandra Muller
French journalist Sandra Muller

With the dialogue surrounding sexual harassment at work well and truly blown open now, many women have taken to social media to prove it's not only confined within the hallowed walls of Hollywood.

As the #MeToo movement took over Twitter, a number of French women also took the emboldened step of naming and shaming their sex pest bosses on Twitter.

Posting under the hashtag #balancetonporc or "squeal on your pig". The hashtag was launched by French journalist Sandra Muller over the weekend. "You too should give the names and the details of any sexual harassment at work. I am waiting…" tweeted Muller who set the ball rolling by telling how a former boss had commented on her breasts and promised to have sex with her "all night long".

With several women keen to share their own experiences, the hashtag was soon trending in France and, at one point, was the third most used hashtag worldwide. Journalism and education appeared to be just two sectors in which harassment in a professional setting was rife.

Some women chose to name and shame the men who had allegedly harassed them, including one former presidential candidate.

French radio journalist Giulia Fois tweeted: "An editor-in-chief, major radio station, small hallway, grabbing me by the throat, 'one day I'm going to have sex with you, whether you want it or not'."

French men also adopted the hashtag and tweeted their observations about harassment by their female colleagues, adding to the online furore.

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