“The hardest thing is to be listened to”

“The hardest thing is to be listened to”
“The hardest thing is to be listened to”

Virginie Despentes already demonstrated this by A + B in her masterly King Kong Théorie : patriarchy hurts men as it does women, hence the need for feminist struggle, which reconciles genders in a quest for equality. In relation to injunctions and violence, to various pressures, to gender stereotypes and emotions… We are not born men, we become them, but this is not necessarily positive. What proves this is the relationship to sexual violence.

Bouli Lanners wants to raise awareness about all of this. The Belgian actor won a César for his masterful performance in the thriller The night of the 12th – chilling (true) story of femicide… and of more or less “deconstructed” men – was the victim of sexual harassment on a film set. Abuse committed by a director older than him.

But we never believed it, because of his stature, his profile… “Every time I started talking about it, people laughed because I was a guy, because I was fat and because I was lucky to be there. So the words weren’t listened to either. This director had the power to. And it’s the one who has ‘the power to’ who exercises it over the other“, he explained to La Libre.

Today, it is on the airwaves of France Inter that he continues the fight against the omerta. And he states it: the hardest thing is not to speak, but to be listened to. A voice rings out for all the silenced victims.

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