Oct 10 2013

Cluck cluck

Sexism? What sexism?

The sexism where a male conservative MP makes clucking noises while a female Green MP is speaking.

The incident was widely denounced as sexist in a country where the word chicken is often used as a derogatory term for women.

Véronique Massonneau was forced to stop her address to the National Assembly in Paris when her conservative rival, Philippe Le Ray, began to make the noises.

However, as she resumed her speech on planned pension reform the heckling resumed, prompting the president of the National Assembly to step in.

Watch the video. See the other conservative male MP, talking to the camera in the hall outside afterwards, say “Vive le macho!” and walk away then turn around to smirk happily.



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  1. 1

    Espèce de con.

  2. 2

    Are you familiar with the Scottish Highland Games event called “caber tossing”? Americans often think of it as telephone pole tossing. Highland Games a pretty macho affair accompanied by yummy, yummy beverages and men in kilts, which, although not exactly my cup of aged single malt, have their own appeal. The most macho of the macho in the Games were the caber catchers. The last great caber catcher, Angus MacFarquarson, retired from (or was carried off) the field in 1836 with a career record of 0-1. If M. Le Ray wants to prove his macho, let him don a kilt and show us what he’s made of. Literally, showing your guts is an honored part of being caber catcher.

  3. 3

    The first successful caber catcher in almost 300 years? He’d probably go for it.

  4. 4
    theophontes (恶六六六缓步动物)

    “Mais Monsieur Le Ray, vous parlez si bien dans votre langage naturel!”

  5. 5

    So according to the video, the women of parliament arrive late at the next session in protest. The left wing men give them a standing ovation, the right wing men start walking out. Why is respect for women so tightly coupled to economic ideology?

  6. 6


    Isn’t “con” itself a gendered insult?

  7. 7
    Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought


    The word she used it of masculine gender (feminine would be conne), but it’s not a gendered insult. She called him an idiot.

  8. 8

    That’s the figurative meaning yes, but its literal meaning refers to female genitalia. From the Wikipedia article:

    « Con » est un substantif trivial qui désigne à l’origine le sexe de la femme.

  9. 9
    Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought


    Oh, I had no idea about that and neglected to check. Thanks. my online dictionary confirms it.

  10. 10
    Tom Foss

    That’s a perfectly valid protest. Why, did you know, the MP advocates dirty books: Chaucer! Rabelais! BALZAC!

    (For the less theater geeky, what immediately occurred to me after reading that).

  11. 11

    Bof, il est chiant de toute façon.

  12. 12
    deepak shetty

    oink oink

  13. 13
    Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought


    *writes down a good insult to recommend in my french class instead of putain*

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