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France: #PasTaPotiche, hostesses denounce discrimination and sexism

2019-08-16T21:40:12.485Z

A petition launched Tuesday, August 13, titled "Let's put the job of hostess in events! Had collected more than 20,000 signatures Friday, a few weeks after a first text signed by 37,000 people against the presence ...



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At the end of July, a petition demanding the end of the "sexist tradition" of hostesses on the podiums of the Tour de France had collected 37,000 signatures. JEFF PACHOUD / AFP

A petition launched Tuesday, August 13, entitled " Let's put the job of hostess in events! ", Had collected Friday more than 20,000 signatures, a few weeks after a first text signed by 37,000 people against the presence of hostesses on the podium of the Tour de France.

Alice, the initiator of the petition, who is also the creator of the Twitter account #PasTaPotiche , believes in this text sometimes have, in his job, " the impression of passing in the eyes of others for a green plant is degrading and I do not feel useful in my work . "

Denouncing, in addition to the sexism present in this business, discrimination in hiring (on age, measurements, skin color), the young woman who prefers to remain anonymous assured "want to meet the Minister of Labor, " Muriel Pénicaud, to ask him " a plan of action ".

I receive many testimonials from girls who are alike. Whether working conditions, wearing heels, outfits that are unsuitable for our workplaces and the sexism surrounding ...

Alice, creator of Twitter account #PasTaPotiche 16/08/2019 - by RFI Play

At the end of July, at the height of the Tour de France, feminist activists had launched a petition calling for the end of the " sexist tradition " which resides in the presence of hostesses on the podiums of the cycling event. It has so far collected 37,000 signatures.

It was after this first petition that Alice launched the Twitter account #PasTaPotiche on July 27, gathering testimonials from hostesses, anonymous or with an open face. " Mobilizing on social networks allows us to talk, to know each other, " says Alice, while her job, often done alone, is not conducive to rallying. In addition, " it is enough that one complains so that our agency does not remember us any more, " she assures, thus justifying her anonymity.

Alice, however, denies wanting to " ban the hostess job ": " I sometimes do very useful tasks on a daily basis, but others are perfectly useless ." She asks Muriel Pénicaud to " put an end to the sexism inherent in this profession ".

Source: rfi

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