Thursday, October 19, 2006

We All Envy You

From the New York Times:

President Vladimir V. Putin has a penchant for making pithy, acerbic, sometimes coarse comments. On Wednesday a microphone inadvertently left on during a brief appearance with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel captured his views on the sex scandal involving Israel's president.


Kommersant's version — citing the remarks in Russian — was cruder. "He turned out to be quite a powerful man," the paper's reporter in the official Kremlin pool, Andrei Kolesnikov, quoted Mr. Putin as saying. "He raped 10 women. I never expected it from him. He surprised all of us. We all envy him."

What kind of a feminist analysis should I do on this? That Russia has a long way to go, perhaps? And so does this world?

Perhaps it's adequate to note that Mr. Putin identifies with the rapist and not with the rape victims.
Mr. Putin gets the Cooties Award, First Class, for this "joke".