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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn Scandals

Why Do Powerful Men Misbehave?

We just received the latest Time magazine with the cover story "Sex. Lies. Arrogance. What Makes Powerful Men Act Like Pigs" in light of the latest Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Arnold Schwarzenegger scandals. After posing the question on Facebook, you gave us a few mostly money- and ego-related reasons why you think this is the case. Reader Kat says it's a "total loss of reality. megalomania. you should never give this much money to a masculine human being." And Jessica added, "Society makes it acceptable for men to behave badly — they aren't called bitches, hos, etc. when they do it and they can be irresponsible and act like children because they have us to support them!!"

Here are the magazine's reasons:

  • Powerful men are risk takers.
  • They are surrounded by enablers.
  • With power comes opportunity and confidence, and with that a sense of sexual entitlement.
  • Bad behavior is overlooked or covered up.
  • Women involved don't say anything because they are "afraid of challenging a man so powerful in a culture so tolerant."

And sound off in the comments, why do you think power makes men pigs?

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