Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: A Ladies' Man?

Strauss-Kahn is the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and was expected to be a candidate in France's next presidential elections. Until last Saturday, that is, when he was taken off a plane bound for Paris because a hotel housekeeper accused him of sexually assaulting her at the Sofitel hotel in New York City.

When I read the story my first reaction was that there is something good about a country in which the police is willing to detain and question the head of the IMF on the say-so of a hotel maid. Justice should always be impartially administered but it is not.

I'm not going to try Mr. Strauss-Kahn on this here blog. But I AM going to question this recent article on the case:
Amid charges of sexual abuse and rape, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's ladies' man reputation may be working against him.
Nicknamed "the Great Seducer," the International Monetary Fund chief has spoken publicly about his affinity for women and his infidelity. And while flirting and cheating are a far cry from the current allegations, some experts say they fall onto the same spectrum of sexual inappropriateness.
Some experts say! The same spectrum of inappropriateness? Would one end of it consist of flirtatious comments and the other end of violent rape? It's like saying that scowling at your neighbors and hiring a hit-man to kill them are behaviors along the same spectrum of inappropriateness.

Let's not forget, amid all this talk about flirting and being a ladies' man, that Strauss-Kahn is accused of this:
...forcing a housekeeper at Manhattan's Sofitel Hotel to perform oral sex and submit to anal sex after emerging naked from his suite's bathroom.
Given that, how does this sound to you:
As IMF head and a possible contender for the French presidency, Strauss-Kahn joins a long list of high-profile politicians, actors and athletes accused of sexual indiscretions that shattered their careers and marriages. And while one might ask, "What were they thinking?" experts say they might not have been thinking at all.
"Sexual indiscretions?"