Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
This has been a very interesting surprise. I don’t think I’ve ever lived in a culture where sexism was so frowned upon. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, but when it does a ton of bricks come tumbling down on the culprit. In case you don’t understand French, in the video above an interviewer makes the mistake of asking member of the National Assembly, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, about her ‘hollywood’ hairstyles.
Even more interestingly, and unlike Spain, Britain or America where women who are politically aligned with the culprits generally defend misogyny- here there are women on all sides come out against it. Roselyne Bachelot is an excellent example. A centre-right former politician who took to television today to criticize Sarkozy (of her own party) for calling socialist education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, mediocre. In her words: “he didn’t call her reforms mediocre, he didn’t call her proposals mediocre, he reserved for her a term he’s never used to describe any male politician.” She went on to say that someone with the minister’s education and career could hardly be called mediocre.
I had intended to keep this blog entirely apolitical, but I don’t think I can help it.