A quarter of a century has passed, but as far as sex is concerned, we have not made great strides, indeed perhaps despite appearances we have gone back. What the “case” tells us Benjamin Griveaux
The next revolution will be the sexual one. It is on sex that the worst hypocrisy still weighs. I thought of it when I read about the case of Benjamin Griveaux – former Macron government spokesman and now a candidate for the Paris city hall for the 15 March elections – who retired from the race to mayor after the national outrage for the diffusion of two personal videos sent two years ago to the lover. Okay, Griveaux is married and has three children, okay, sending erotic videos is foolish if you don't want to risk being spread, and nobody wants a dumb mayor.
But it wouldn't be time for someone to say about these matters: ok, I'm an idiot and now I see it with my wife, but as regards my public role also who cares if I masturbate in the bathroom in the morning?
Twenty-five years have passed since the so-called sexgate, Bill Clinton was then the president of the United States, we were in America, he was wondering if a perjury president was acceptable who does it with the girls in the oval study of the House Bianca, but now? A quarter of a century has passed, but as far as sex is concerned, we have not made great strides, indeed perhaps despite appearances we have gone back. Everyone has sex, or would do it, everyone masturbates, everyone has erotic fantasies and someone puts them into practice. If you are a public figure and you live in a monogamous couple, it is not nice for your official partner if your erotic practices do not concern him, on this we agree, but from here to outraged as if Griveaux had killed someone!
The French did well to get angry with the person who released the video, the ex-lover and her current boyfriend (boyfriend, so to speak, they seem to have been together for a few weeks, I don't know how to call him, let's say “His type”), even if it is all to be seen if the lady is not in turn the victim of a violation by the type. He is an artist, the performer Pjotr Pavlenskij, political asylum in France as a Russian dissident. If it turns out that his is all an artistic performance to denounce the hypocrisy about sex, he could also make a bang.