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article imageViral short film 'Oppressed Majority' reverses roles (Video)

By Anne Sewell     Feb 12, 2014 in World
Imagine a world where it was the men who were sexually harassed and abused in the streets by women and the men who were in charge of child care. A French director put together a short video showing just this scenario and it is going viral.
In the thought-provoking short film, "Majorité Opprimé" or "Oppressed Majority" the roles have been reversed, and what at first it appears to be quite funny, eventually becomes rather disturbing and dark.
The film was made back in 2010 by French actress, director and screenwriter, Eleonoré Pourriat. On February 5th this year, Pourriat uploaded the video to YouTube and it has already had well over three million views.
Pourriat told The Independent that she found it "astonishing, just incredible" that interest in her film had exploded this way, saying "Obviously, I have touched a nerve. Women in France, but not just in France, feel that everyday sexism has been allowed to go on for too long."
In the video, we can follow Pierre, a stay-at-home dad, who is pushing his child in a pram in the street. He gets teased by a bare-breasted female jogger along the way, and after depositing the child at day-care, things get much darker.
A group of women start teasing him in the street and he dares to respond, tell them to stop, whereupon they take him into a dark alley and abuse him. This leads him to the police station, reporting his rape, while the female police mock him.
When his wife arrives at the police station to collect him, at first she is loving and concerned, but starts to criticize the clothing he is wearing. When he moans about feminism, she turns against him too.
A thought-provoking 10-minute film indeed, which can be watched above with English sub-titles. Please note that the video has been age-restricted.
It's description on YouTube: "On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women."
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