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Against petty moralism

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Or in defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

First of all let me clarify that this is not about if DSK is innocent or guilty. This is about the whole media and public opinion carnival celebrating old and rusty conservative morals. I am not going to discuss how obvious it is that the man was framed; how easily everyone believed the chambermaid’s story. After all it is his word against hers. And we all want so desperately to be politically correct, right? A poor chambermaid cornered by a powerful old horny man. Old clichés revisited. How could one possibly defend the 62-year-old who pulls the strings of global economy and has a reputation of great and wide sexual appetite? The French seducer? Nothing has been proved against him, yet all the media hurried to call him pervert and the American authorities made sure to humiliate him enough, just for the sake of the good old family values. That is, if you want to satisfy yourself with a much younger one, do it secretly, the good old way, with your niece or nephew, not just with any chambermaid at a hotel, where do you think you are Monsieur Strauss-Kahn? In Paris?

Oh, and just a sidenote: the highly efficient forensics team cut a piece of the carpet, where supposedly the maid spat out DSK’s sperm after the forced oral sex. So if they find his sperm on the carpet, he is guilty. Really? One can never jerk off on a carpet? Is that all the proof you can get? And still, 5 days later, they have not found the maid’s electronic card to confirm what time she entered his room. Right, and you expect me to believe this? Or that Sofitel has no control over which maid enters which room at what time? Especially if it is a $3000 suite. But of course she is an asylum seaker from West Africa with a 15 year old daughter. How can anyone dare to question her? She is the weak, he is the powerful. The career of a brilliant intellectual person (no matter if we disagree with his views) has apparently no value in this case. Or else you could be labelled as anti-feminist at least. I feel sorry for all the men that cannot speak out their opinion or their doubts about DSK’s guilt, for fear of the hyenas around them.

This is the hyperreality that Baudrillard described when referring to Disneyland or the Watergate Scandal. Now that we got Strauss-Kahn, all the rest is fine. Our conscience can rest satisfied, we punished the bad guy, even if he is proven innocent, we already ruined him, his career, his reputation. Justice was paid against all the innocent female victims. No matter that women in Somalia or Afghanistan are denied to see a doctor and die in childbirth or are stoned to death because their husband thinks they are guilty. No matter that powerful people continue to abuse children. We can’t bother ourselves with too many things. We got Dominique, that’s enough. We are the good guys.


Written by Georgia

May 19, 2011 at 10:48

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  1. And even if it was rape, it’s not like it was one of those “serious” rapes that Ken Clarke talks about…

    Good post! I realise people can be awful, and I’m wary of defending DSK just because I want him as Président de la République Française, but the story is too unbelievable. Right?


    May 19, 2011 at 15:28

    • Thanks Scott! Well, if the whole story is not completely made up, it’s not “serious”, I agree. First of all why would you send a maid to clean the room while he’s taking a shower? And does he get out of a hot shower ready to “attack”? I think some provocation must have been involved. And anyway he is charged with rape attempt, not rape. But I think it’s sad how everyone is ready to judge the person out of a single act (even hypothetically speaking). As for the République Française, I think Sarko is ready to impress the crowds as the ‘family guy’ now with Carla and the new baby.


      May 19, 2011 at 16:20

  2. Georgia

    November 27, 2011 at 17:42

  3. Thank you Georgia. At least somebody on the Left is talking about petty moralism, for a change–rather than wallowing in it as do Katha Pollitt and Sherry Wolfe


    January 10, 2012 at 02:36

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