How the DSK Case Changed Feminism in France
[Yesterday, in a move that should have surprised no one, the New York district attorney’s office dropped the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. (DSK is probably on a plane back to France as I write this.) The decision drew a variety of responses, from a column in The Australian describing feminists as a baying brigade of zealots to The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin noting that DSK still looks suspect. As the prosecutors tell it, his behavior seems odious at best and criminal at worst.
Yet, as French feminist Anne Daguerre points out in The Guardian.com, some good did come out of the sordid case in terms of women’s rights in France.--Mona]
So, several chapters yet remain to be told in the DSK story – a lack of resolution much to the dismay of French Socialists. But as the leading sex scandal in French politics, the affair has already changed the terms of the debate about what is acceptable conduct between men and women, especially where there is a structural inequality of power.