TIME magazine goes all out in capturing the two most important political sex scandals of the last week, the arrest of Dominique Strauss Kahn and former Governor of California/actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The difference is that DSK (as Dominique Strauss-Kahn is called in France) is named is not a classic American family values Virtuecrat. America has notorious examples of public or political figures that preach family values during daytime. To name just two of them: Evangelic pastor Ted Haggard vocally opposing same sex marriage while at the same time purchasing meth and gay male escort massages and John Edwards, who fathered child with his mistress (a member of his presidential campaign team in 2008). America has a long history of electing compromised man (Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton).
For an hilarious misconduct Matrix see: http://www.time.com/time/interactive/0,31813,2072663,00.html
The French case of Dominique Strauss Kahn is typical for France. According to writer Elaine Sciolino (who’s book “ La seduction” will be published next June), powerful French men have treated sex as a right and used it as a weapon. In France, a new tendency is that women are finally talking about what has happened to them and what they should do about sexual harassment.
TIME asks the question what makes powerful man act so crazy, but doesn’t really answer it. It does however have a valuable lesson. What matters is not prudishness, but prudence, a sense that public figures should be discouraged of destroying themselves publically. Even more important is the principle all powerful man should have : “ Power is a privilege not to be abused”.