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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Sex, Lies and Police Crime Scene tape: Metaphors & Carnivores

Dominic Strauss-Kahn, the former Managing Director of the IMF, is charged with attempted rape, sex abuse, a criminal sex act, unlawful imprisonment and forcible touching, and faces from 5 to 25 years in prison if convicted. He says he is not guilty. We are astonished. But has this alleged conduct created an interesting metaphor, or just another example of one of those microcosm/macrocosm whatsits? “Powerful, privileged westerner apparently attempting to dominate, exploit and ultimately violate an economically vulnerable, non-western woman.” Is this just a different camera angle on the story of the impact of the IMF on Mother Earth? When we heard the story it sounded strangely familiar, we just couldn’t put our finger on it. Now we see the bigger picture in close-up, with all the vulgar, personal details.

Two main questions arise:
A.     How is it possible for someone with a reputation for allegedly sexually exploitative and predatory behavior, land such an extremely powerful position, and get to keep it?!
B.      How could the health and lifestyle of such a person contribute to their alleged behavior?
The answer to ‘A.’ could not be found on Google. But the answer to the second question suggests that there may be light at the end of a very dark and dismal tunnel:
1.      Eating meat regularly as part of the diet has been said to lead to “aggression, violence and moral insensitivity” –many sources including http://www.purifymind.com/MeatProtein.htm.
Vegetarians would argue strongly that eating meat is not only unnatural to humans, but also engages them in immoral and violent practices. If DSK had changed to a vegetarian diet his alleged conduct may not have allegedly happened…
2.      Regular, cardiovascular exercise has been shown to lower sexual libido. As well as hormonal regulator, exercise produces the self discipline that is required to train the body for fitness; while also training the mind- for self control in social relations. DSK does not look have the body of a man who likes jogging or playing tennis. If he does exercise, he needs to do more, a lot more.
3.      Meditation has been shown to be a helpful technique for controlling sexual urges, and also the arrogance that leads a man to allegedly believe that he can assault any woman he chooses, whenever and wherever he chooses.
4.      Yoga is essential. If DSK had practiced ‘ashwini mudra’ – contracting his anal hole and pulling it up as high as he could then gently releasing the hold, 20 to 60 times per day- then we might not be sitting here…he might not be sitting there…anyway, there might be less disgraceful allegations on the table.
5.      The hardest one for DSK , as a challenge to his ‘Frenchness’, would be in having to avoid those pillars of French dietary tradition: garlic, onions, coffee and chocolate!!! Apparently, an excess of these can also lead to libido control issues…no kidding…!
6.      It’s another tough one for DSK, but it looks like he should really have gone ‘veggie’ and tried eating more Soy or Tofu based foods, which contain the natural plant estrogens –phytoestrogens, and lower the male sexual drive. 
We do not want to let DSK off the alleged hook here, but the average French diet clearly did not help him with his alleged libido and arrogance control issues.
Would it be going too far to say that the carnivorous diet does not help with self control or morality? Perhaps not.

But maybe what Is most important to humanity right now is the answer to question A.
How is it that predatory, sexually colonizing, bullying and exploitative behavior is tolerated from people in positions of such responsibility and with the power to affect so many lives?
In this, we are all at fault: obsequiously pandering to, and fearful, of ‘the bully’, looking down at our feet as yet another territory is plundered, complicit members of the commonwealth of excuse-finding fatalists. 
Guilty as charged.

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