Comments on: Can we please calm down about DSK? Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:16:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Dannygirl Tue, 24 May 2011 13:49:10 +0000 It’s not possible to reduce the DSK case to a simple “alleged rape, wait until the court case is decided”. The issue is far bigger. The public responses on both sides of the Atlantic illustrate social and cultural differences between the United States and France (dare I say Europe?), and not, IMO, to the favor of France:

1) French culture apparently discourages women from reporting sexual assault and harassment. Now that one ordinary woman had the guts, it seems, to come forward, others in France have had the courage to speak up. Better late than never… I’m sorry none of these women think now, “If I’d spoken up when it happened to me, maybe he wouldn’t have gone on to harass other women?” So let’s applaud the courage of the woman who did speak up. And the culture that supported her. And hope justice is done.
2) Then there’s the “he is somebody important” and “she is a lowly maid”, so how dare she accuse him? Sadly, I’ve read a few of these kind from fellow Americans (the most offensive assumed the maid was Hispanic!). But in general, France exhibits this sense of shameful entitlement most. The last times sentiments of class and gender equality rang loudly in France might be… um… Revolutionary times? The modern sentiment is the Rich And Powerful Are More Equal than Others. (Over here, alas, the rich afford better lawyers, but we’re at least paying lip service to the principle).
3) French media look complicit in tacitly ignoring sexual crimes. The French seem to perceive promiscuity from powerful men as a demonstration of personal charisma and power. (Not strength of will power, that’s for sure).

Face up, France. You had a problem so big it crossed the Atlantic and we had to deal with it. If the lifted rock shows the uglies, take a good hard look and do some thinking. That’s whether DSK is innocent or guilty. We’ve seen and heard enough to know you have a problem. I wish I could think of Paris as the City of Love in the way I used to.

By: indian2002 Tue, 24 May 2011 02:05:22 +0000 this is not about the imf. that is a tangential byline, due to the fact that this dangerous bully has attained a high position with an important organization.
when anyone can tell me they would take it casually if this criminal raped or forced sex upon any of their dear female family members, i will consider them to be sincere, albeit mentally ill.
it is reprehensible on more than one level what this trusted official did to this vulnerable woman. very simply.
i so hope he is finally stopped and punished, and removed from society , like anyone of his ilk should be.

By: joechip Mon, 23 May 2011 18:23:10 +0000 @meleze

Where does she say “calm down dear”? I don’t see this anywhere?

By: tmc Mon, 23 May 2011 18:01:36 +0000 I’m betting that in three to six months there will be a little byline or article hidden somewhere that DSK was found innocent of all charges. The American media was used for political reasons. It’s sooooo easy to do.

By: meleze Mon, 23 May 2011 14:48:34 +0000 It is very funny that you are using this expression “calm down dear” which was used two weeks ago by the Tory PM in UK making an imediate row inside the Commons. He was criticized for that. Cameron adressed a women and suddendly because of the DSK case you should be right to do the same because in this case on contrary of Cameron you adress the men!

Moreover don’t you intend to adress directly to Obama who is in an official trip in UK to day. Would you say that Obama and Cameron belong to that category of men ready to make a joke of a maid’s rape? Or would you advice the two leaders to calm down the other men so easyly jerking and flirting during their working duty?