Thursday, May 26, 2011

More Sexual Politics: The Tron Case

More details have emerged about the charges against Georges Tron. One of the accusers registered her complaint with an association that deals with violence against women in the workplace last November, but she did not file charges until after the DSK affair. As I've said before, it would be interesting if the DSK case served as the catalyst for a change of sexual mores in France, making women aware that they have options if oppressed by their superiors and alerting men to the increased risk of aggressive behavior.

Another sign of change: on France2 last night, Christine Lagarde, listing her qualifications for the IMF job, mentioned her experience as "lawyer, CEO, minister, and ... woman." With a slight emphasis on the latter. I don't think she would have said that pre-DSK. She would have preferred to emphasize that she is "one of the boys," an international player of the highest order.


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about the Lagarde part, at least. Previous quotes from her include:

"I hate to say there are female and male ways of dealing with power, because I think each of us has a male and a female part. But based on my own experience, women will tend to be inclusive, to reach out more, to care a little more."


"Gender-dominated environments are not good... particularly in the financial sector where there are too few women. In gender-dominated environments, men have a tendency to... show how hairy chested they are, compared with the man who's sitting next to them. I honestly think that there should never be too much testosterone in one room."

~ Squiggle

Anonymous said...

MYOS said...

Apologies - the above link (about French college students) wasn't meant to be there.

About the topic Lagarde/woman, here's a link about it:

As for the "post DSK era", @si had lots of posts about it:

"Men dreamt it, DSK did it" says a therapist
- Question: Does anyone know the name/date of the study that found that 1/3 men (or was it male college students) wouldn't mind raping someone if they could be sure to get away with it? It used to be quoted in pamphlets, seminars, etc.

DSK's defense: she's a slut
(Note: so, now, either she's a part-time hooker or she honeytrapped him.
We're still missing 'she asked for it'. Just wondering who exactly's leaking this kind of stuff, which to me sounds more damageable than positive for DSK.)

Better than a Rikers cell: the $50,000/m luxury townhouse in Tribeca
(journalists need too fill space)

MYOS said...

Apologies again: here's the article about Lagarde/women

thisnameisinuse said...

Speaking of sexual politics and following the recent « bêtise » of the UMP's Brigitte Barèges, both the main PS candidates support gay marriage, as do Royal, Delanoë and Fabius (as does DSK, which is part of what attracted me to him as a candidate. Social tolerance combined with what I'm told is great economic skill).

If the socialists win, France will presumably become the most powerful country yet to legalise gay marriage (for example, the first on the UN security council). To me, that's one the most interesting points about the upcoming election. Maybe worth a discussion?

Alex Price said...

I heard Lagarde's "and...woman" in the same way. In this context, it is simply impossible not to think: unlike DSK! At the same time, as Squiggle's quotes above make clear, it seems that Lagarde has recognized for some time that her gender makes her stand out and can be used to her advantage; it surely accounts for part of her status as "almost a rock star" at finance conferences (a remembered quote from an article in the NY Times, I believe).