More women, a generational change and increased prevention: since June, everything is done to reduce sexism in the Assembly
More women, a generational change, increased prevention: since June, everything is done so that sexism back in the House, against a background of freedom of speech, even if „old reflexes“ remain, according to deputies.
The „massive arrival of women“, 224 out of 577, a record, has „necessarily changed things“, observes a LREM elected, for whom „no one would dare to whistle a minister in a floral dress“, as Cécile Duflot in 2012. But there remains „misogyny“ and „on all the benches, we can still hear the minister, the deputy …“.
Neo-elected, Matthew Orphelin (LREM) does not judge that „equality between man and woman is won“, but „we see the change of generation, and practically parity“, at least in LREM.
For Brigitte Kuster (LR), there is „perhaps a global awareness, because the small saucy reflections“ tend „to disappear“.
MP Delphine Batho at the Assembly in Paris on November 14, 2017
The Socialist Delphine Batho, elected since 2007, admits that „the climate has changed in the elevators, there are rough valves that we do not hear anymore“. Posters recall anti-harassment devices, including the „referent“ in place since 2013.
But, she told AFP, one is „not immune to a macho skid“ and the older do not have „the monopoly“ of sexism.
She thus evokes the young Robin Reda (LR) -repeating in particular a „quasi-maternal“ tone to Yael Braun-Pivet (LREM) before apologizing for the outcry and reminds „still this summer“ of goat’s noises during the intervention of a LREM, whose „author has not been found“.
– „Not complaining, fighting“ –
Judging herself protected by the fact of being „stamped feminist“, the Insomniac Clementine Autain still identifies sexism, as „the hubbub“ when a woman speaks.
An elected MoDem points right, where remains „an affirmed patricarchat“.
Wednesday, Secretary of State Brune Poirson has also urged some to „a little less machismo“, triggering a standing ovation of the majority.
Clementine Autain and Francois Ruffin on the benches of the Assembly in Paris on February 6, 2018
More prosaically, for example, add „microphones more adapted to serious voices“, according to Clementine Autain, for whom the sexism does not come only „conscious machistes who oppress women“.
In particular, there are „internalizing mechanisms that weigh on our behavior,“ she observes, seeing in the #metoo movement „a good wave of substance“ that pushes MPs to question themselves.
For the communist Elsa Faucillon, if some have questioned or „felt under control“ in recent months, there is „a part of indecrottables that must be put in front of their contradictions, misogyny, or proven sexism“.
She remembers „a remark + it does not minister + the first time that Marlene Schiappa spoke in the hemicycle“, judging „the fight still before us“.
„It will take more than a generation of deputies to break everything,“ says a LREM, noting that in his group, the „stars“ are mostly male.
„Basically, things have not changed that much,“ says Virginia Duby-Muller (LR), even if it „goes well“ in his group (24 women out of 101).
But „in our small hushed sphere, when there is sexual violence, we are silent, most often“, and „the most vulnerable“ are the collaborators, according to Esther Benbassa, senator ecologist.
Since June, the justice has dismissed a complaint for harassment of a former collaborator against MP LREM Christophe Arend.
Several MPs assure that their collaborators have „not done anything“, not „even rumors“. But a collaborator says that we still hear „young people complain about the heavy remarks of their boss on their physique“.
Spokespersons of the collective „Chair collaboratrice“, born after the Baupin affair, recently pointed to a sexism „exacerbated“ by their role of „little hands“ and a lack of real means „to protect women“.
François de Rugy (LREM) conceded that „in a human community of 4,000 people (deputies, civil servants, collaborators), there can always be deviant behaviors“.
For Delphine Batho, remains the question of „feminization of power“. „Women are always denied the ability to be political leaders, but do not complain, you have to fight“.
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