Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Nudge, nudge

Clive Davis wants to know what I think of Lucy Wadham's claim that "that it was the collective desire of the French people to be represented by a dominant and libidinous male, rather than a dominant and matriarchal female" that accounts for Nicolas Sarkozy's victory in 2007. For Wadham, Sarko is a "sex dwarf," that is, a short man who makes up in libido for what he lacks in stature. She describes sitting at a press conference in his line of sight as one of her great erotic experiences.

Well, Clive, I scarcely know where to begin. Having experienced the Sexual Revolution at first hand, back in the Sixties, I am tempted to say, with Marx, "First time tragedy, second time farce." Ms. Wadham needs to take a cold shower. True, Yasmina Reza did overhear Sarko telling another pol that "nous [referring to the French political class as a whole] sommes des bêtes sexuelles." But the president wears elevator shoes. Surely that has to be a turn-off, even supposing that voters were waiting to be ravished. Is it only the Right that wants to be taken by force? After all, the Left could have had Strauss-Kahn for its candidate instead of Royal. DSK's LQ (libidinal quotient ) is a matter of public record. So clearly the erotic theory of elections has its limitations. The Right could have had Villepin as its leading man, but it preferred the "dwarf."

If we are to speculate about the future of the parties in psychosexual terms, as Ms. Wadham urges, the future of the Socialists may look brighter than it does in more conventional analyses. Unless I miss my guess, Valls and Hamon make more palms sweat than Copé and Bertrand. To be sure, politics, it has been said, is show business for ugly people, and, like the big screen (movies), the small screen (TV) may have increased the premium on good looks and the je ne sais quoi of sexual chemistry. But I think I'll stick to politics and leave the romance writing to others more qualified.

1 comment:

Tex_Exile said...

Reading this piece, one learns more about Ms Wadham than about Sarko or the French electorate. One cannot but wonder if her attitude towards the president is not tainted by her frustration that he did not pursue what his eyes had tacitly promised her.