Friday 20 April 2018

Has #MeToo gone too far?

Recent Hollywood scandals have prompted a movement against sexual harassment - and a generation gap in reactions and attitudes. Here, three writers of different ages reflect on what the term means to them

Controversy: Catherine Deneuve
Controversy: Catherine Deneuve

Less than 24 hours after the black dress protest in support of #MeToo at the Golden Globes, Catherine Deneuve and 99 French women published an open letter criticising the "frenzy" of the recent sexual harassment claims. Deneuve has since apologised to victims of sexual assault, but reiterated the dangers of "censorship" and intolerance.

The #MeToo movement, and the backlash against it, has revealed deep generational differences in what constitutes sexual harassment. Here, three Irish Independent journalists describe what it means to them.

MARY KENNY (70s)

We all have to speak from our own experience. As a young girl, far from being subjected to sexual harassment, men took no notice of me at all.

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