Power is an aphrodisiac. Nothing fascinates women (and men as well) as political and economic power. The most unpleasant and grotesque figures become beauties, when are backed by power or money; if they come together, much better, and usually they do.
It is proven that powerful men and women have a happier libido than others. As the Dutch social-biologist, Johan van der Dennen says: “they take what they wish”.
That super active libido makes them think capable of taking greater risks. With the maid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), the friend’s wife (King David), the White House assistant (Bill Clinton), the secretary (everyone), or anybody that motivates them. It takes just one provoking look and the hormones get crazy.
One interesting story was disclosed to me by a former Latin American president, who was a close friend of the Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner. It happened when Stroessner gave political refuge to Anastasio Somoza, the former president of Nicaragua.
According to historical archives, Somoza was murdered on the streets of Asunción by a Sandinista commando, in complicity with Cuban agents, in what was called: “Operación Reptil”.
According to what the president told me, reality was different. Somoza as most Latin-American men, was a womanizer, something that is seen as natural in the southern hemisphere. Being in Paraguay, he tried to shamelessly seduce the wife of a Stroessner’s relative. A few days later Somoza blew up in the skies, in a country where military and political control where severe.
Whatever the truth, the issue in question is that sexual desire can make people lose kingdoms or their life. If we go back to history, since biblical times we know histories of courtesans, lovers, concubines, and infidelities.
John Kennedy had women everywhere, being Marilyn Monroe the most famous, who was openly offered to him as a present, popping out of his birthday cake. Thomas Jefferson had, as his life time lover, a mixed-race slave, Sara “Sally” Hemings, with whom he had six children who were given freedom and integrated to white society.
Explicitly, as during the monarchies, when kings had courtesans or a harem; or hidden under the table since monogamy was imposed, powerful men enjoyed the pleasure of having multiple sexual partners.
Pointing out with the finger to Donald Trump, Bill Clinton or Silvio Berlusconi, for being womanizers, it’s absurd. Someone can be accused of sexual harassment, if that’s the case, but today there is always the feminist who instead of appreciating a compliment for her beauty, considers it an aggression.
In today’s society, practically all sexual tendencies are approved, although in what is one of the most irrational contradictions, prostitution and polygamy are forbidden in most states.
The interesting question is, if the womanizers would have behaved in the same manner without having power? Van der Dennen answers to Der Spiegel: Undoubtedly men who eventually reach positions of power have strong ambitions in that direction and indeed a certain recklessness and even unscrupulousness. But, in my opinion, it is the position of power itself that makes men arrogant, narcissistic, egocentric, oversexed, paranoid, despotic, and craving even more power, though there are exceptions to this rule.
Powerful men generally have a keen eye for female beauty and attractiveness, and women generally are attracted to powerful, successful, famous, and wealthy men. Every "willing" woman confirms the power of the powerful man.
Psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa from the University of Canterbury found out that successful men have more sex and more sexual partners. Dozens of studies have found this relationship. An interesting evolutionary analysis of the power-sex-polygyny link was presented in 1986 by Laura Betzig in her book "Despotism and Differential Reproduction: A Darwinian View of History." With unbridled enthusiasm, powerful males have used their power in the service of reproductive success. (Miraculously, Betzig, doesn’t sound as a feminist).
According to Dennen, most powerful men do not need to rape because they have consensual sex much more frequently than their more unfortunate brethren. That does not preclude that some powerful men might do it for "kicks," or to see if they can get away with it. Virtually all studies of rape show that it is powerless and disenfranchised young men who rape.
Power is omnivorous, as it were. Power tends to correlate with wealth and fame and success and with sexual access to more, and more varied, partners. The only thing that is really needed for you to feel powerful is my submission, and vice versa.
Ultimately, power corrupts, if you pardon this cliché. To condemn a powerful man for being a womanizer, is to criticize the king for being the king.