Wolf-whistles, “hey baby” and “keep smiling honey!” are the types of things you’d expect to hear directed at a woman walking down the street. But what would the world look like if gender roles were reversed? A new short film seeks to answer that question — and the result is chilling. output_XXIN1b

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women… (10 minutes watch below)

With Pierre Benezit, Marie-Lorna Vaconsin, Marie Favasuli, Céline Menville…
First song: Comme un garçon, by StereoTotal   Last theme: Pocket Harmony feat. Moïra Conrath
Imagine a world where it was the men who were sexually harassed and abused in the streets by women and the men who were in charge of child care. A French director put together a short video showing just this scenario and it is going viral.

 

In the thought-provoking short film, “Majorité Opprimé” or “Oppressed Majority” the roles have been reversed, and what at first it appears to be quite funny, eventually becomes rather disturbing and dark. The film was made back in 2010 by French actress, director and screenwriter, Eleonoré Pourriat. On February 5th this year, Pourriat uploaded the video to YouTube and it has already had well over three million views. Pourriat told The Independent that she found it “astonishing, just incredible” that interest in her film had exploded this way, saying “Obviously, I have touched a nerve. Women in France, but not just in France,

Read more: http://digitaljournal.com/news/world/viral-film-oppressed-majority-reverses-roles-video/article/370332#ixzz2vHw9LRIM

 

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….The film follows a man through a day of sexist encounters. It starts with his neighbor, in the courtyard of his building. She’s friendly at first. She brings up some business about the building management, but then stops and says, “I should really be talking to your wife.” She throws him a withering look, then turns on her heel and swaggers away. As he turns to exit onto the street, a shirtless woman—just back from a run—is coming in. She partially blocks the door, so he has to squeeze by, and shouts after him, “Keep smiling, honey!”

It’s one thing after another: a homeless woman yells sexual threats; a gang of street toughs taunts him lewdly. It culminates with this same gang assaulting him in an alley. The film cuts to a police station, where an officer responds to his statement with cold skepticism and passive aggression. Finally his wife arrives. She fawns over him at first, but seems more interested in talking about her own day at work. When he starts to cry, she becomes impatient. “I’m sick of your masculinist nonsense,” she says. “Look at the way you dress!” Man, women are jerks.995726_404070129710303_1731586951_n

It’s a clever, if not wholly original, idea, to portray switched gender roles with the reasoning that men will understand what women go through in ways that they never could just by watching women go through it. The director, Éléonore Pourriat, told the Guardian that the film’s depiction of relentless harassment was meant to be “not so realistic but frightening.” But the video is being spread around the Web as a source of revelation. (It has been viewed more than five million times on YouTube.)

“Try Doubting Everyday Sexism After Watching This Video,” reads the Huffington Post’s headline. Upworthy’s says “A French Film Showing Men What Being a Woman Feels Like Kinda Nails It.” (Incidentally, the art that accompanies the Upworthy post when it’s shared on Facebook is a screengrab of a brief shot in the film in which the man is passed by a shirtless woman going for a run. Capitalizing on the convergence of feminism clicks and naked-woman clicks is another clever, if not wholly original, idea.)

 

 

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