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New laws aimed at tackling sexual violence in France will see men fined for wolf-whistling at women. 

France’s National Assembly voted in favour of the new legislation which will see offenders face on-the-spot fines of up to €750. 

President Emmanuel Macron has said the bill is meant to ensure "women are not afraid to be outside," and covers anything that “infringes the freedom of movement of women in public spaces and undermines self-esteem and the right to security”.

Despite widespread public backing, far-right lawmaker Emmanuelle Menard labelled the legislation as a "witchhunt against men" during last week's debate. 

Speaking about the law and how it would define the lines between harassment and flirtatious behaviour, France's minister for gender equality, Marlene Schippa, said the bill was not intended to "kill the culture of the 'French lover' but rather establish that consent is key."

This comes at the same time France's lower parliament stopped legislation whereby minors under 15 who have sex with adults over 18 would be presumed not to have given their consent, and instead introduced a clause in which relations between an adult and a minor could be classified as rape if "the victim lacks the ability to consent". 

The bill now is now due to go to the Senate for final approval.

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If you have been looking for your daily dose of amazing things on the internet, then settle back my friend, you have arrived. 

Catcalling is one of those infuriating and sometimes terrifying components of the female experience that we would rather not have to deal with. 

Do you ignore them? Yell at them to go away? 

Author Zoë Quinn, or UnburntWitch on Twitter, had a slightly creepier and ultimately epic response to one street harasser.

 While out one day after dental surgery, one man decided he needed to catcall Zoe, who was minding her own business.

Rather than ignore him, Zoe looked decided to open her mouth and allow a measure of post-surgery blood dribble from her mouth like she was some kind of demonic creature from the underworld. 

We think it's pretty safe to say the guy probably thought twice about catcalling a woman again. 

'Don't hassle someone who has three of their own back teeth in their pocket at the moment' she continued in another Tweet.

BRB, we're literally crying with laughter.

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Scotland is currently considering whether to make cat-calling and wolf-whistling into hate crimes.

The consideration comes after a senior judge was appointed to carry out a review designed to make the law “fit for purpose in the 21st century”, according to the Scottish National Party.

Insulting someone because of their age or gender could also be treated as a hate crime

Scotland defines a hate crime as a crime motivated by "malice or ill-will towards an identifiable social group".

Almost all women know that uncomfortable situation where someone wolf-whistles or makes unsolicited sexual comments about their appearance, and Scotland is considering stamping that out for good with the power of the law.

Currently, only offences based on race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity are currently considered hate crimes in the country.

Eighty-five percent of UK women aged 18-24 have experienced unwanted sexual attention in public, and 45 percent have experienced unwanted sexual touching, according to a YouGov survey.

"Intimidating or threatening behaviour including obscene calls or gestures" is already covered under the Scottish law protecting victims of hate crimes.

However, not everyone agrees with the potential new extension of the hate crime laws.

'In my day, banter and wolf-whistling was enjoyed by ALL healthy red-blooded people. You snowflakes are something new, so f***** up," said one outraged Twitter user.

Whether the laws actually will come into effect remains to be seen. 

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Another day in the life of a woman who was just trying to go about her daily routine when cat-callers couldn't resist shouting some led comments as she passed. But this time, there's a sort-of happy ending.

Julia Price was jogging when a man started shouting at her. However, on this day there happened to be a little boy standing nearby and he responded to the street harasser to stop being so rude. 

 
Julia writes that James said: "Hey. That is not nice to say to her and she didn't like you yelling at her. You shouldn't do that because she is a nice girl and I don't let anyone say mean things to people. She's a girl like my sister and I will protect her."

Julia took to Facebook to remark on the little boy's act of kindness and since then thousands of people have been hailing him a hero for his actions. 

In a post Julia wrote:

"I was on my usual running path when I heard an older man yelling loudly enough for me to hear through my headphones. "Sexy lady, hey hey hey sexy lady!" He kept screaming it and I decided to just ignore him and keep running. 

This ignoring seemed to piss him off so he lashed out and said "eff you, dumb B****!" Now let's keep in mind he was well-dressed and appeared to be on his lunch break from an office job."

She explained that she was about to go and tell the man off for his behaviour but James stepped in and told the man to stop.

I was on my usual running path when I heard an older man yelling loudly enough for me to hear through my headphones. "…

Posted by Julia Price on Wednesday, 18 November 2015

 

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