You don't need to look far to find someone who'll agree that dating is difficult. Even with the rise of online dating, the extra choices just complicate matters further. In addition, it's made people unsure of how to interact with strangers, as meeting someone in real life has become somewhat rare. Pick-up lines are slowly beginning to fade, which is a shame or a blessing depending on who you ask.
Of course, the majority of women would say this is a blessing. Almost every woman on Earth knows what it feels like to be catcalled. Men are so relentless, they even catcall during anti-catcalling reports.
In charge of this initiative will be Marlène Schiappa. She is the country's newly appointed gender equality minister. She has set up a working party of five lawmakers who will come up with a legal definition of street harassment, and decide what punishments to impose.
Sexual harassment was made illegal in the workplace in France in 2012. But there was no law against harassment in the street. The same is true for most of the world, and women have had to come up with numerous ways to combat and shame catcallers.
Schiappa is a 34 year-old mother-of-two and founded Maman Travaille, a blog for working mothers. She explains that, "The idea is to characterize street harassment so that the police can impose fines on men who follow women on the streets, intimidate them and harass them in public."
Women in France and especially in Paris have long complained about facing harassment in the streets. In 2015, a survey was conducted of 600 women. It found that every single one of them that used mass transit had dealt with sexual harassment or assault.
Schiappa clarified the difference between “consensual seduction” and “sexual assault." She said flirting would still be legal, and that "Talking to someone and asking for (a number) will not be considered harassment.”