Oh the humanity.
If one were totally honest and took a cold hard look at the French Presidential Elections?
One would have to conclude that the candidates of the more established parties did very badly.
That doesn’t make the French voters xenophobic, right-wing reactionary racists who want to return to 1950.
It simply proves – yet again – that larger and larger segments of Western European populations are getting “fed up”. Sick and tired of the Brussels Business, the banks, the austerity, the refugee drama’s, the endless ethnic strive and yes, quite done with the political establishment that claimed “the end of history” sometime in the early ’90s as they embarked – without my vote, mind you – on their glorious European project.
If you take a look at what passes for “elections” these days?
It’s pretty much established parties, “Left”, “Center” and “Right”, saying the exact same thing.
Europe is great, it requires some mild moderation here and there, and the way predatory capitalism works is flexible contracts and privatized education.
So your kids will be in debt, payrolling on some zero-hour contract.
In the meantime house- and rent prices rise.
And oh, we’re killing the planet if we continue this way.
So don’t plan on breathing oxygen.
Such as Macron.
On the other side you have what are called “populists”. These are usually more nationalist, protectionist, EU sceptic groups.
Such as Le Pen.
Now they may have valid concerns, plans and what have you.
But that’s not really important.
What’s important is that they will wreck the world as we know it.
Cuz they are crazy, nazi, fascist, Hitlers.
And since Le Pen is a crazy, nazi, fascist Hitler slash Putin-puppet?
Anything her opponent does, says or happens to be is just perfect.
Sometimes… that perfection requires some hammering home.
We have “fascists” to fight.
Why don’t you go ahead and begin “fighting”.
I will be right behind you.
I have no great desire to do a feminist analysis of the marriage of Emmanuel Macron, the last non-fascist standing in the forthcoming French elections, but the fathomless nastiness of the Daily Mail has made it necessary. “How can I get the world to take me seriously,” writes Jan Moir, channelling Macron’s interior voice, “if they think I am a mummy’s boy with a wife who is 25 years older than him?”
The Last Non-Fascist.
Sounds like a bad sci-fi movie.
But 25 yrs … older?
How the hell did that happen?
Yet the relationship is tricky from a gender relativist point of view; if Madame Macron were a male drama teacher, leaving his marriage for a student whom he met when she was 15, then, even if they waited until she (the hypothetical student) were 18, as the Macrons did in real life, the feminist would still have a thing or two to say. The double whammy of her being so much older, and in a position of authority, sets the relationship off on an imbalance. The common sense, middle-of-the-road, Delia Smith-style feminist would say, well, after two decades together, we can probably be satisfied that their feelings are authentic, and not the result of some authority fetish on one side, and a controlling nature on the other. But the more hardcore, absolutist, Nigella-style feminist would nope the whole thing, on the basis that a relationship conceived on an unequal footing can never find its balance.
They met when he was a 15 year old student of hers?
Oh can we puhliez have some apologetics?
(So we can get back to fighting fascists? Since I am sure most parents would be absolutely fine with their son dating and marrying his teacher from highschool).
In order to overlook all of that, because the gender roles are reversed, you would have to consider it impossible for a woman to exert power over a man, regardless of her age and position. The social architecture of heterosexual relations, combined with the endemic ageism in the way female sexuality and attractiveness are perceived, mean that being older, as a woman, isn’t an advantage; au contraire, it makes her the weaker party, since he is such a stud and she is so past it. I’m not wild about that reading, either, since it is observably true that women can hold all the cards.
After 25 years and all?
She is the weaker party.
She is kind of a victim, but also a strong and independent woman who made a brave and conscientious decision to have a mature sexual relationship with a highschool student of hers.
The thing to recognise is that equality sometimes has competing demands: consistency is important, so it matters that if you would disapprove of an age disparity going one way, you at least consider why you don’t disapprove of it going the other. Yet ageism is important, too, so you have to rejoice in Macron kicking against the really pernicious and widespread view that a woman’s attractiveness is pegged directly to how close she is to 18. I’m going to go with: “The heart wants what it wants.” These are dizzy times and we all have fascists to fight.
The heart wants want it wants.
And pedo-sexual feelings towards children are nothing to be ashamed of.
I am dating and fucking my teacher who is 25 years older than me.
I am kinda busy honey. Daddy is fighting fascists.