Leave it to the French to write an expose of the sexual exploits of politicians entitled Sexus Politicus. Two reporters, Christophe Dubois and Christophe Deloire, churned out a 39o page tome on the sexual habits of the successful French politician and discovered, according to the NYTimes,
What is perennially disappointing about seducing politicians (with the exception of cretans who go after young boys or girls) is that the American public is so damn moralistic about the whole thing. Moreover, we have a hard time respecting privacy, probably due to that same moralism. We would rather delight in the moral failings or exploits of others than take a look at our own shortcomings. Afterall, why do shows like Jerry Springer thrive here: where an ex-politician caught for soliciting hookers gave a little moralizing sermon after parading the most depraved subjects on the planet for the public's consumption. A little privacy would go a long way.
The article ends thusly
If it is the case that the feminization of politics leads to more moralizing about the private lives of public servants, then I do think we have an interesting cultural difference on our hands. The most expensive moralizing to the taxpayers in this country came from Conservative men, looking to bring down a moderate Democrat. If the Democrats take the House or Senate (neither very likely), then perhaps we will see "the revenge of Conservatives" once again.
More importantly, what is wrong with the Le Figaro question is the potent and damning association now made between feminism and cattiness. If it is the case that the election of Ségolène Royal ennervates moralizing femmes, then I wouldn't mistake those femmes for le feministes!