The DSK Rape Victim is Everything but a Victim, According to the Media

The media response to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn rape charges is predictably horrific. The salacious gossip can maintain itself for weeks: the victim lives in a complex for HIV-positive residents (no wait! She doesn’t); wears hijab; and is “pious and respectable.” No, you say, she’s not unattractive—she’s actually got great breasts?A full 57% of French citizens claim that Strauss-Kahn, who was set to unseat Sarkozy in the upcoming election, was set-up at his Sofitel Hotel. This, of course, is p … [Read more...]

Sexism and Islamophobia: An Under-Reported Link in Strauss-Kahn Coverage

This was written by Kevin Healey and originally published on the USC blog Trans/Missions.Dominique Strauss-Kahn's religious identity has made news since 1991, when the Jewish Tribune reported that each morning he asks himself how he can be "helpful to the state of Israel." He should have refuted the quote, he says, since it has only emboldened critics who deride him as "a leading French Jew" and a "devout Zionist." Such views, coupled with allegations of aggressive womanizing, would … [Read more...]