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Dominique Strauss-Kahn's story and songs about rape

I was born in France, but there are many things I don’t approve about the French judicial system and institutions. This Dominique Strauss-Kahn story is absolutely not perceived the same way on both sides of the Atlantic, as some French journalists and so-called intellectuals have taken the defense of the man who could have become the next French president.
I don’t know where does this come from, how can you defend a man who has raped a woman? Now that DNA evidence has been presented, his defense is pretending that the sex was consensual, yeah, sure,… how old is he already? 62 an she is 32,….. but he is a seducer, as his own wife put it years ago when he was already having some problems with a young woman whose mother dissuaded her from legal action because of close links with his family.

I know, France has never understood all the impeachment deal with Clinton’s extramarital affairs, French regard Americans as puritans, Americans regard French as pigs who tolerate anything sex-related, and think cheating on their spouse is the norm. Any powerful French man thinks he is still Louis the XIV and has the right to have mistresses, you know the old cliché.
But these two extremes are not true, people cheat in both countries, and this is not the point here. There was rape! And probably other sex-assaults as Strauss-Kahn has other skeletons in his closet if you read certain newspapers.
But I hate all these French powerful media people and politicians running to the defense of the dirty old man, saying that ‘It was just a quickie with the maid’, or that he should be released because after all ‘no man died’. The worst of all has to be French ‘philosopher’ Bernard Henry Levy who declared, outraged: ’I hold it against the American judge who, by delivering him to the crowd of photo hounds, pretended to take him for a subject of justice like any other’…. Does he understand anything about justice? I can’t stand him.

An old man sexually assaulting young women is not something to be proud of, rape is a crime, a terrible thing that damages a woman for life.
Here are a few songs about rape, some were even written by songwriters who were raped themselves and had been open about it like Fiona Apple and Tori Amos.

– The Raveonettes: ‘Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed)’. The title says it all, but the lyrics are even more explicit even though they are sang with these dreamy sweet vocals: ’Three to one, girl/How can you win?/One horrid night/You hope it is a dream/They rip you to shreds/Make you feel useless/You'll never forget/Those fuckers stay in your head’

– Tori Amos: ‘Me And A Gun’. Autobiographic and straightforward lyrics, ‘These things go through you head/When there's a man on your back/And you're pushed flat on your stomach/It's not a classic Cadillac/It was me and a gun and a man on my back’.

– Fiona Apple: ‘Sullen Girl’. With her sad and passionate piano, she writes metaphoric lyrics, but there is no doubt when she screams ‘They don't know I used to sail the deep and tranquil sea/but he washed my shore and he took my pearl/And left and empty shell of me’.

And there are the apologizing men:

– Weezer: ‘Butterfly’. Is Rivers Cuomo talking about something he should not have done? It looks like it: ‘I'm sorry for what I did/I did what my body told me to/I didn't mean to do you harm’.

Of course there also is Nirvana’s ‘Rape Me’, but I think Kurt Cobain had extended the meaning of the term to a whole broader level when he was screaming this bold statement ‘Rape me, my friend/Rape me/Rape me, again’.

And men are pigs, GG Allin is always there to remind us about it, he had a few songs about the subject, ‘I’m a Rapist’, ‘I'm gonna rape you’, I wanna rape you’,… should I continue?

 

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