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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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bryseana bryseana 6 years
I don't think Arnold should be placed in the same category with an attempted rapist. Lots of men (and women) have affairs. Not all of them are in powerful career positions either. My dad had extramarital affairs. I never considered him a scumbag.
stephley stephley 6 years
The relevant point here is that one politician was publicly denounced & investigated while the others were not.
stephley stephley 6 years
Nice try, but no. Clinton was vilified for the affair with Lewinski. Starr’s accusation that Clinton lied under oath came after months of investigation. The headlines before that were Clinton & sex.
UnDave35 UnDave35 6 years
"Why was Bill Clinton so vilified for behavior that at least one current GOP presidential candidate and at least five recent GOP politicians have been guilty of?" Which current GOP Presidential candidate is guilty of lying under oath, on multiple occasions?
stephley stephley 6 years
Rape, prostitution and misusing campaign funds are crimes, not merely misbehaving. Not all powerful men act like pigs, and men without power can act like pigs, so ‘power’ itself can’t be blamed. So far, powerful women aren’t demonstrating the same behaviors. Any man can be arrogant and rape, cheat, batter and lie. But whether a man is prosecuted/convicted and suffers permanent damage to his reputation depends on who he is, where he lives, how he’s viewed by the community and often his race. Why was Bill Clinton so vilified for behavior that at least one current GOP presidential candidate and at least five recent GOP politicians have been guilty of? I don’t think women are valued enough, so crimes against them can be overlooked. As a society, we’ll let a man with charisma get away with anything.
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