MACHISMO IN FRENCH PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Women are not welcome.
Our list of macho shows is long and non-exhaustive, including:‘On n’est pas couché’ , the Laurent Ruquier’s show, ‘Vous aurez le dernier mot’, presented by Franz-Olivier Giesbert, ‘Mots Croisés’ Yves Calvi, ‘L’objet du scandale’ with Guillaume Durand, ‘Le plus grand cabaret du monde’ with Patrick Sébastien, ‘Vivement Dimanche’ of Michel Drucker, ‘Ce soir (ou jamais !)’ with Frédéric Taddeï, ‘la Grande Librairie’ with François Busnel, ‘C dans l’air’ with Yves Calvi, ‘Parlez-moi d’ailleurs’ with Franz-Olivier Giesbert, ‘Ça vous regarde’ with Arnaud Ardouin, ‘Bibliothèque Médicis’ with Jean-Pierre Elkabbach, and even ‘A vous de juger‘ with Arlette Chabot ;
In all these popular shows of French public broadcasting, the proportion of women to men reaches barely, and episodically, 15%. It is not unusual to find 100% men in most of these shows.
Women are not welcome on the shows of the biggest French public channels – France2, France 3, France 5 France 5, La Chaîne Parlementaire (the channel for the lower parliamentary house), Public Sénat (Channel of the Senate). However this is very different to the French private channels (TF1, M6) or Arte the Germano-french channel where there are lots of women and minority groups represented.
MACHISMO IN THE COUNTRY OF THE SUPPOSED FREEDOM, EQUALITY AND FRATERNITY
Ironically, France has many groups working against machismo in our society, including the High Council of the Audiovisual (CSA), the High Authority of the fight against Discrimination and for Equality (HALDE), an Observatory of the parity between men and women working under the special authority of the Prime Minister, a Minister of Work and Family, the State Secretary of the Family, the Delegation for the rights of women and the equality of opportunity between men and women, civil servant journalists working against inequalities, the political parties, the Unions, the Economic Council (CESR) that are supposed to foster equality!
Last but not least, the French Government wants to make a law to set a percentage of women in entreprise. However the participation of women in public broadcasting shows has still to be discussed.
MORE THAN 200 MACHISMO SHOWS IN THREE MONTHS ON FRENCH TV
From September to November 2009, we recorded more than 200 machismo shows on French public broadcasting and this research is not exhaustive.
Ruquier, Giesbert, Durand, Calvi, Taddeï, Drucker, Sébastien, Busnel, Elkabbach, Ardouin, provide machismo shows on French TV each week, all financed by the taxes of female and male citizen.
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