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The French Government’s Favorite Rapist

Roman Polanski, famed film director and confessed child rapist, has finally been arrested on a 30 year old outstanding warrant. He drugged and raped a 13 year old girl in the 70’s. He was in his mid forties at the time. Now that he has been arrested, it is remarkable to see how many people, including officials in the French government are calling for America to drop the charges.

It was bad enough when Hollywood awarded this sex criminal an Oscar six or seven years ago. Now there are people who think that the LA district attorney is wrong to prosecute the man. I can think of no other reason for this than the fact that Polanski is famous and, I suppose, talented. It’s not my job to judge the guy, but he needs to be held accountable for his crime.

No one is above the law. I fear for us when we place such value on fame – even more value than we do on justice, or the welfare of children. We make idols out of criminals.

Roman Polanski, confessed child rapist

Polanski is a French citizen. In general, I like France. But today I feel like joining the Freedom Fries fanatics. Read this gem from the LA Times in which not one but TWO high ranking French officials make royal asses of themselves:

The arrest of Roman Polanski has become an international incident, with France and Poland demanding that the famed director be released on bail and questioning why he was taken into custody.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office wants Polanski extradited to face charges that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl 30 years ago.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told France-Inter radio that he and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that Polanski be released on bail, calling his arrest  a “bit sinister.”

French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand was quoted in French media as saying, “In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face.”

France has harbored a child rapist for 30 years, and this guy thinks America is “scary?”


Does this look like feminism to you?

A line from a NY Times review of the new Vercace collection caught my eye:

Is this feminist?

Is this a feminist?

Alice in Wonderland — and the energy of pattern and color,” said Donatella Versace as she stood backstage among a posse of look-alike model clones, raised on mighty platform soles. They had lined up in a finale in which the vivid prints and iridescent inserts made a backdrop for the designer.

This was Donatella in Wonderland — the first show she has done that captured absolutely the witty and lively spirit of her late brother, Gianni, but with the sexy clothes given a bold, feminist perspective.

The fashion review says that Vercace’s “sexy clothes” convey a “feminist perspective.” But the logic behind this is odd. Clothes, after all, are meant to be looked at. And seeing comes before wanting. The woman who wears the clothes becomes the object of another’s gaze, attention and desire. Sexy clothes enhance the idea that the woman is the object of male desire. So in what way are sexy clothes “feminist?”

One hears a lot these days about the supposed link between feminism and super-charged sexuality. Women take on an aggressive sexual persona and, so the story goes, become more male-like, ultimately beating men at their own game. That’s the Madonna shtick. And you see it from Hollywood with shows like “Cougar Town.” Women seek to hold onto their youth and their social power by going after lots of men, especially younger men. Isn’t Madonna hauling around some model half her age these days?  It makes for a salacious image. But I’m not so sure it works that way in real life. (And I’m not the only one who has doubts, as Judith Warner made clear yesterday.)

Courtney Cox stars in Cougar Town

Courtney Cox stars in "Cougar Town"

Feminists have long fought against the objectification of women – their being relegated to the role of the passive pursued, or their being valued according to how much men want them.

There is nothing wrong with looking sexy,  in my opinion, as long as it’s not slutty. And desirability does give a woman a certain kind of power. But the idea that looking sexy is supposed to be seen as “a feminist thing” seems to me to be a fantasy of those who want to cast off the old marmish image of 60’s-era feminism, but also want to feel like they have held true to the ideals of that same movement. But you can’t wear the bra and burn it at the same time.

Wearing sexy clothes is a rejection of feminism, not an expression of it.

P.S. I promise, no more fashion postings this week! I don’t know what got into me, honest.

Robert Redford gets into the Porn Business

Robert Redford, the legendary environmentalist and filmmaker, now brings you “GREEN PORNO,” along with Isabella Rossellini. You have to see it to believe it.

A little un-classy for Hollywood A-listers don’t you think? And SO wrong on SO many levels. They use the word “porno” as a marketing gag, really. It’s another example of how porn, as a word or a concept, has become less taboo than it once was. We are all meant to laugh at it now.

For one thing, I’ll never be able to look at Isabella Rossellini again without the image of that horrible phalic appendage invading my mind. Uhhggckk!! But, worst of all, portraying porn as a big joke disguises the ugliness and brutality of the actual porn business. The truth is no laughing matter.