Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Criminalizing Catcalling

By Evan Johnson Published November 2, 2017

The response of Frenchwomen to Sandra Muller's exposure of the sexual harassment she received by a powerful french executive with the #BalanceTonPorc movement, akin to the Harvey Weinstein exposure and the United States's #MeToo movement, has led to the possible criminalization of verbal sexual harassment as well as increased punishment for other actions of sexual assault. This comes at a time where there has been a global shift leading to more vocalization about the transgressions of powerful men and a pushback against it.