The French Government is considering placing a ban on catcalling in the country after launching a group to figure out the best way to outlaw street harassment.
Marlène Schiappa, France’s Gender Equality minister, spoke of a gray area in the French law outlawing sexual assault, Newsweek reports.
The law defines sexual assault as: “any sexual infringement carried out using violence, coercion, threats or surprise.”
The group is working with the interior and justice ministries to properly understand and prepare a law that would define and punish street harassment.
Schiappa, in an interview in France, described how catcalling can be street harassment. She said:
You are a woman in an underground train. I am a man. I follow you. You get off the train. I get off. You get on another train. I get on too. I ask you for your telephone number. I ask again. I ask a third time. You feel oppressed. That is street harassment.
The problem is men thinking they’re entitled to yell at a young woman, saying like, ‘Hey, you, you have a fine ass!’