Wolf whistlers could soon be facing fines on the streets of France with new laws being introduced.
This is after legislations were approved in the French National Assembly with the aim of ensuring that “women are not afraid to be outside.” The fines will be issued on the spot with penalties ranging from €90 to €750.
There has been backlash over in France though with some claiming that this law is the “end of French romance.” One lawmaker even stated that it was a “witchhunt against men.” He added that wolf whistling is “a certain bawdy behaviour which cannot be compared to harassment.”
However, Gender Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa described to Reuter last year that this was not the case. Instead, they wanted to establish that consent is key!
This law is not quite in force yet though with the legislation to be debated in the Senate.
Wolf whistling is just one of multiple things that could soon be deemed harassment under French laws though. Some others include: blocking someone’s path, bugging them for their numbers and following women. Alongside this, there is also making lewd comments too.
But what impact could this law have here in the UK?
Well, reports have found that wolf whistling and catcalling has resulted in severe consequences for some construction workers here. In fact, a roofer was actually fired after he catcalled a woman out of the window of his van. Initially, the shouting began as a backhanded compliment. However, this soon progressed and the woman was left in tears. Take a look at the full report on this here.
Not only that, but another report described that a female royal mail worker catcalled a tradesman claiming she was going to add his picture to her “w**k bank”! This left the builder feeling uncomfortable and annoyed at the double standards. He described: “If I had taken a photo of her, I’d have been arrested straight away.”
“Everyone thinks builders wolf-whistle at girls, but it doesn’t happen at all now.”
“I believe in equality but it works both ways.”
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