In The New York Times' "Room for Debate" forum, French literature professor Caroline Weber responds to the question, "Are French women more tolerant?" about the Strauss-Kahn scandal and French society's attitudes toward sexual misconduct by powerful men.

"In his recent portrayal of Dominique Strauss-Kahn as “seductive, yes — a friend to women,” Bernard-Henri Lévy recycles a longstanding French political trope: women’s putative reverence for masculine sexual prowess," she writes.

Read full response here.

Prof. Weber is a specialist in eighteenth-century French literature and culture, with particular emphasis on the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Her book, Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution, was selected by both The New York Times and The Washington Post as a Notable Book of the Year.