A country-wide campaign by feminist group ‘Osez le feminisme’, says the clitoris is too often forgotten.

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Frenchwomen start campaign for the clitoris

A country-wide campaign by feminist group ‘Osez le feminisme’, says the clitoris is too often forgotten.

The campaign, launched on Monday, is titled ‘Osez le clito’ (‘try the clitoris’) and aims to reclaim the right to sexual freedom and expression.

The official website for the campaign, osezleclito.fr, claims that in sexual matters, equality between the sexes is still an area where men have the power. “Whether in text books, exhibitions, literature or in relations between individuals, the clitoris is often forgotten and seen as unimportant or just part of foreplay. Every woman has the right to understand how to enjoy her own body.”

Caroline de Haas, spokeswoman for the organisation, said their tactics have been inspired by the methods used in President Obama’s election campaign. The campaign has used Twitter, Facebook and a series of outdoor events in Paris and 15 other towns around France. Posters and signs on pavements encourage people to ‘osez le clito’.

The campaign has sparked an outpouring of comment on news sites and social media networks, both positive and negative. A blogger on madmoizelle.com says the campaign is “sad example of a good idea that’s being communicated in a campaign that is ‘too much’. What a shame. Rather than educating people, this campaign has become a laughing stock on Twitter and other networks.”

Writing in Le Nouvel Observateur, the journalist Daphnée Leportois disagrees. She dares to wonder whether the supposed sexual prowess of French men is being questioned. “Could it be the case that the French are bad in bed?” she asks. “The big news is that French women also have the right to enjoy themselves in bed!”

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France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had ‘marital duty’ to have sex with husband

A case has been brought against France at the European Court of Human Rights by a woman who lost a divorce case after judges ruled against her because she refused to have sex with her husband.

France taken to European Court over divorce ruling that woman had 'marital duty' to have sex with husband
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The woman, who has not been named, has brought the case with the backing of two French feminist groups, arguing that the French court ruling contravened human rights legislation by “interference in private life” and “violation of physical integrity”.

It comes after a ruling in the Appeals Court in Versailles which pronounced a fault divorce in 2019 because of her refusal to have sex with her husband.

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The court ruled that the facts of the case “established by the admission of the wife, constitute a serious and renewed violation of the duties and obligations of marriage making intolerable the maintenance of a shared life”.

Feminist groups Fondation des femmes (Women’s Foundation) and Collectif fĂ©ministe contre le viol (Feminist Collective against Rape) have backed her appeal, deploring the fact that French justice “continues to impose the marital duty” and “thus denying the right of women to consent or not to sexual relations”.

“Marriage is not and should not be a sexual servitude,” the joint statement says, pointing out that in 47 percent of the 94,000 recorded rapes and attempted rapes per year, the aggressor is the spouse or ex-spouse of the victim.

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