Veteran director Roman Polanski says the birth control pill has had a "masculinising" effect on women and that the levelling of the sexes is "idiotic", in comments made at the Cannes Film Festival.
Polanski, 79, was at the premiere of Venus In Fur, a film adapted from the David Ives play which stars Polanski's wife and toys with the subject of gender.
He told reporters the Pill had "changed the place of women in our times" and lamented that "offering flowers to a lady" had become "indecent".
The director was famously convicted of having sex with a minor in a 1977 case. He was initially indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy, but pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.
Polanski, whose past films include Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, fled the United States after a Los Angeles judge threatened further sanctions.
He is restricted by an Interpol warrant in effect in 188 countries, but moves freely between Switzerland and France. He was freed from Swiss house arrest in 2010 after the government refused to deport him to the United States.
His new film stars his wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric as an actress and theatre director rehearsing an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novella, Venus In Furs. The film features Seigner as a strong, feminine actress who comes to dominate her director.
Venus in Fur is in the running for the Palme d'Or, Cannes' top honour.