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FRENCH COURAGE – GOV’T TARGETS PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENCE

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 5, 2010

I’m not sure what the citizens of France have to be agitated or unsettled about, or how there could possibly exist any stresses or pressures that might lead to domestic squabbles. After all, aren’t the French down to a 15-hour work week and 28 weeks of mandatory vacation? Still, the government is swooping in on its cape-wearing steed to make things right for its female citizenry. Leading the way, as only the French can do, with the kind of fortitude that makes them the burning car and automotive vandalism leader in all of Western Europe, the government has decided there is yet another aspect of French life they haven’t yet infiltrated sufficiently.

If all goes according to plan, the French will be the first nation in all the world to ban “psychological violence” within the institution of marriage. In other words, people will be able get a rap sheet for insulting the one they love.

Peter Allen from the Mail Online writes:

Electronic tagging would be used on repeat offenders, according to the country’s prime minister, Francois Fillon, who announced the law. If it proves successful, it could be introduced in other European countries including Britain.

But critics dismissed the measure as a ‘gimmick’ which would be impossible to implement.

The law is particularly aimed at protecting women who currently suffer the worst attacks of this kind, ranging from off-hand comments about their appearance to threats of physical violence.

Quick question: Can a woman be charged with entrapment if she first asks her husband, “Does this shirt make me look fat?”

Psychologist Anne Giraud said: ‘Squabbling couples will allege all kinds of things about each other, but they won’t necessarily be true. ‘The police are likely to be called out more and more when this law comes into force this year, but often it will be a case of one person’s word against the other. ‘Psychological violence is a very serious matter, but punishing it through the courts is a very different matter altogether.’

Critics have also said the government should not be intervening in private domestic arguments in which no one got hurt.

Sociologist Pierre Bonnet said: ‘The next step will be to make rudeness a criminal offence.’

It is a law aimed at protecting women, so goes the claim. But isn’t the fair sex just as equally capable of inflicting the same kind of psychological harm on their husbands as the other way around? (The all-time rhetorical question next to: “Who knew?“)

Same question rephrased: Don’t women play mind games too?

(The “Are You F***ing Kidding Me?” meter spikes into the red).

Quick answer: Does a room full of chili-dog eaters on Super Bowl Sunday require at least one can of Febreze at the ready?

And what kind of effect will this law have on make-up sex?

And what of the punishments?

If not jail time, what could be a fitting penalty for a dastardly dude inflicting a psychological beating on his woman? Could men be tied to chairs and be forced to listen to every past girlfriend parade before him, telling him how his “manhood” didn’t measure up? Or how they “faked it” every time?

God forbid, a husband leave the toilet seat up.

Swat teams, engage.

Death penalty opponents re-evaluate.

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