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Carla Bruni Caught in the Eye of a Twitter Storm

by Bidita Debnath on  December 2, 2012 at 10:38 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, after telling French Vogue that her generation had no need for feminism, was caught in the eye of a Twitter storm on Wednesday.
 Carla Bruni Caught in the Eye of a Twitter Storm
Carla Bruni Caught in the Eye of a Twitter Storm
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"In my generation we don't need to be feminist," said the former first lady, who is making a public comeback after her husband Nicolas Sarkozy's ouster from power and who guest edited the c issue of the style magazine.

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"There are pioneers who paved the way for us. I am not a feminist activist at all. On the contrary I am a true bourgeoise. I love family life and doing the same thing every day," confided the model, singer and mother-of-two.

Her remarks sparked a deluge of reactions on Twitter, with a French feminist group "Osez le feminisme!" spearheading the assault, inviting people to respond to Bruni under the "hashtag" #ChereCarlaBruni (Dear Carla Bruni).

Playing on the fact women still earn a quarter less than men in equivalent jobs -- one user @LindaRamoul retorted: "My generation needs feminism because I am on sale for a 27 percent discount all year round."

The French senator Laurence Rossignol (@laurossignol) also weighed in, tweeting: "For as long as I get asked if I am the senator's assistant, the coming generation will need feminism."

"Eighty percent of housework still carried out by women," came the one-liner from @Maman_Travaille.

And a mother, @MaggiAnT, wrote that "We will need feminism for as long as my son gets laughed at for saying he wants to be a midwife."

"We need everyone to be feminist," summed up government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who is also the women's rights minister, when questioned on Europe 1 radio about the row.

"Feminism is about equal rights, not about one gender dominating the other."

Source: AFP
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