We don't know yet if Dominique Strauss-Kahn really did attempt to rape a hotel maid and force her to perform oral sex. Thus, it's a little early for headlines decrying his sexual aggression. But you know what else it's too early for? Headlines blaming "women" for bringing him down. Behold this roundup of foreign press headlines: whether careless or deliberate, they seem a bit much. It's one step beyond the presumption of innocence; it seems to be news to these folks that, just as Strauss-Kahn has a right to a fair trial, police also have the right to arrest him for possibly trying to rape someone. And women have a right to say something if they feel assaulted. And, shockingly, being a ladies' man doesn't necessarily mean locking them up in a hotel room and forcing them to perform oral sex.
We'll update this list as we find more examples.
This is from Le Nouvel Observateur, the article by Philippe Boulet-Gercourt, who writes about "an America that won't have the slightest atom of sympathy for an all-powerful man accused of sexual aggression and attempted rape." The country will be particularly irritated that "a Frenchie" might have been trying to escape American justice by getting on a plane to France. And they'll haul out "old cliches about cowardly and depraved Frenchmen," he warns. What's more, Boulet-Gercourt says that if he's guilty, Strauss-Kahn will "at best" be labeled "a sex addict ... like some did with Tiger Woods," and might get sent to prison. He mentions, too, the Lewsinky affair, where "for many, the argument 'that it's about a consensual act between adults' has been replaced with an unvoiced reproach, always addressed at Bill Clinton: that of having been egotistical."