Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Is jogging right-wing?

What's left for the French to deconstruct? French intellectuals are wondering whether jogging is a right-wing activity as Sarkozy indulges in it liberally and enjoys being seen doing so.

“Is jogging right wing?” wondered Libération, the left-wing newspaper. Alain Finkelkraut, a celebrated philosopher, begged Mr Sarkozy on France 2, the main state television channel, to abandon his “undignified” pursuit. He should take up walking, like Socrates, Arthur Rimbaud, the poet, and other great men, said Mr Finkelkraut. “Western civilisation, in its best sense, was born with the promenade. Walking is a sensitive, spiritual act. Jogging is management of the body. The jogger says I am in control. It has nothing to do with meditation.

Jogging is of course about performance and individualism, values that are traditionally ascribed to the Right,” Odile Baudrier, editor of V02 magazine, a sports publication, told Libération. Patrick Mignon, a sports sociologist, noted that French intellectuals had always held sport in contempt, while totalitarian regimes cultivated physical fitness.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Raghu Karnad said...

Not to mention Dubya's fondness for jogging, which he seems to be busy with whenever a national emergency occurs:
http://www.economist.com/World/na/PrinterFriendly.cfm?Story_ID=4275012

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