Friday, July 8, 2011

Former DSK Supporters Alienated

One-third of voters who supported DSK before his arrest would not do so now, even if the charges are dismissed. Many, women in particular, are repelled by what they have learned about his sexual behavior. Others are disturbed by what they have learned about his lavish spending.


thisnameisinuse said...

I don't really care about his spending, but I would like to know more about the sexual behaviour, although only in the sense that it's fair to care about how someone treats others and certainly not in the sense that I care about who his sexual partners are or how many there have been.

Not that I'm able to vote for him, of course.

Funnily enough, the most troubling part so far isn't anything he may have done but the damnfool things some of his friends and supporters said after his arrest. Well, for me, anyway. Since I don't really know what he did but I do know what they said.

brent said...

I agree with Art that DSK's recklessness is a serious question--though if we call it 'boldness' it may enhance his claims to leadership.
But thisnamesinuse's point, if I hear it correctly, rings truer for me. It's not about DSK's sexual appetites, which are of no public concern, but rather his attitude of entitlement and instrumentality: he seems to regard all women as being there for his personal gratification. When this applies to a poor working woman it almost doesn't matter whether he raped, paid or (rapidly) seduced her: what he DIDN'T do was see her as a worthy, autonomous fellow human. Is it too much to ask that even powerful men who identify as Socialists might feel some measure of solidarity for a chamber maid? I can already hear the scornful laughter all the way from Paris. Of course the question is hopelessly naive. But 1) leaders on the real left--e.g. Mélenchon, Autain, Besancenot--DO practice at least the forms of such solidarity, and 2) the PS, which seems to have lost most of its working class base, might consider whether the cavalier attitudes of its leaders, their total disrespect for the ordinary persons they claim to represent, might be part of the problem.