We have learned the astonishing news of Roman Polanski’s arrest by the Swiss police on September 26th, upon arrival in Zurich (Switzerland) while on his way to a film festival where he was due to receive an award for his career in filmmaking.His arrest follows an American arrest warrant dating from 1978 against the filmmaker, in a case of morals.
No, drinking and having casual sex wasn’t at the forefront of their manifesto. The right for women to choose the lives they want to lead, whether that’s reaching a CEO position, earning the same amount of money as their male counterparts in retail, or being able to enjoy a few drinks and have a one night stand without judgement and disdain.
Suffragettes threw themselves in front of horses for the vote, and for equality.
In perfect French she lauded the Franco-American friendship and recommended the development of cultural relations between our two countries.
If only in the name of this friendship between our two countries, we demand the immediate release of Roman Polanski.
By their extraterritorial nature, film festivals the world over have always permitted works to be shown and for filmmakers to present them freely and safely, even when certain States opposed this.
The arrest of Roman Polanski in a neutral country, where he assumed he could travel without hindrance, undermines this tradition: it opens the way for actions of which no one can know the effects.As long as these things are consensual, how is that wrong?Elsewhere in Dawn’s interview, she says that she ‘can’t purport to tell anyone how to live’.The gender pay gap is still a chasm, rape culture is prevalent in everyday life, and social media pressures are dictating everything from female sexuality to weight. ‘What’s happened that they don’t value their body or that they don’t mind any of this? Is it really OK to be as sexually free as you like and as drunk as you like? Most of us have had a few nights where we went a wee bit too hard. I’m not being ‘low’, and while I certainly don’t feel great in my head the next day, it’s not my self-esteem that’s suffering after having a good night out.And now, we’ve got another thing to add to the list – we’re utter disgraces when we go out on the lash. Worse still, this opinion (this week) came from one of my most beloved female comedians. I for one have had way too many mornings where I’ve woken up with dry mouth and a raging sense of the fear. Of course, we should all practise careful alcohol consumption and try not to get too messy, but that’s for our health and safety, not about some weird morality lesson imposed on us. Men have gone for decades having casual sex without a single person judging them, but the second a woman decides to have sex for pleasure, it’s a cardinal sin. Yes, with a person that respects you, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be your one true love that will lavish you with flower petals and a proposal afterwards.But instead they go out and get utterly hammered and are shagging in a bush and coming out and going “Yes! ‘Like the men we hoped we wouldn’t ever be like, and certainly not mimic as women — being champions of the shag machine and going home covered in sperm on their legs, and throwing up.’ Dawn said that she didn’t believe these women could feel good about themselves the next day, continuing: ‘Is that what women threw themselves in front of horses for? It means that I know my rights, and want to be who I am and experience the things I want to experience.