Feminist reception of Emmanuelle (source Wikipedia)

In France, feminist viewers complained that the character of Emmanuelle was “an object of male fantasies.”[26] In a review from 1974, Variety opined that Emmanuelle was “more a come-on for the civil service than for femme lib.”[18]

Film historian Danny Shipka wrote that “In Asia, many women saw it as a liberating piece focusing on the power and strength of Emmanuelle and not her exploitation.”[27] Sylvia Kristel stated that “Japanese feminists were rather delighted with the film because they thought Emmanuelle was dominant, just because of this one scene where she climbs on top of her husband. That was the moment when all the Japanese women stood up and applauded.”[26]