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Is France right to outlaw gender-based insults?

Screenshot from Al Jazeera English's YouTube video: France: Macron vows to curb violence against women

Monday, France’s President Emmanuel Macron announced that he would pursue a policy of making catcalls and other gender-based insults illegal in France. He made this announcement during a speech marking the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. The verbal insults would be punishable by fines. The Ministry of the Interior will be holding meetings that will lead to new rules. This move comes on the heels of the #MeToo movement that has rocked most areas of society. We have seen actors, news media, politicians, and others being implicated in the tidal wave of women coming forward to tell their stories. The question does come to mind though, is this new law on gender-based insults a good idea?

Al Jazeera English covering Macron’s attempt to curb violence against women:

The Issue

Is the new French law on gender-based insults a good idea? Will it help create a safer environment for women? Or, is this a poorly thought out idea that will damage France?

Page 2: Arguments for new gender-based insults law

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