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Not all French feminists today would agree. Its author, Alice Coffin, a lesbian activist and Paris city councillor, says she no longer re books by men, nor watches films made by men, nor listens to music written by men.
No more Voltaire, Truffaut or Daft Punk, then. Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android. The backlash was immediate.
Not from men who needs to hear from them? France gave the world post-war feminist theory. But today unwritten codes about dress, seduction and femininity coexist with a lingering predatory sexual culture. MeToo struggled to take off in France.
A younger generation is fighting back. Mr Macron has put in place measures to combat sexism and violence against women. Yet such efforts to promote mere equality are dismissed by radicals as timid. In her denunciation of the way power still protects predators, Ms Coffin is spearheading a new French feminism. De Beauvoir, who was bisexual, lived for decades in an open relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre. She flouted convention and gave French women a voice, but defiantly kept both men and women in her bed—and in the conversation. This article appeared in the Europe section of the print edition under the headline "Like a fish needs a bicyclette".
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