A debate hosted on This Morning with Holly and Phil has raised some heated points from both those for and against the #MeToo movement on social media.
While #MeToo, which has involved women coming forward with their stories of assault and abuse in the wake of the sexual misconduct and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and others in the entertainment industry, has proven very popular, some women have found the trend to be problematic.
Recently, one hundred women, including Catherine Deneuve, slammed the movement saying that is has resulted in a “witch hunt” against men that is threatening sexual freedom.
They penned an open letter, which stated: “What began as freeing women up to speak has today turned into the opposite – we intimidate people into speaking ‘correctly’, shout down those who don’t fall into line, and those women who refused to bend [to the new realities] are regarded as complicit and traitors.”
With these recent developments, Sunday Telegraph columnist Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, along with actress Debbie Arnold were invited on This Morning to talk about the issues at stake. While Arnold argues that decent men should know the difference between a harmless flirt and a sexual assault, Holly insists that #MeToo has empowered women who have felt silenced up to this point.