Why men in power have more sex scandals than women in power

By Tom Quiner

The late historian, Stephen Ambrose, understood why powerful men succumb to sex scandals

The list of political sex scandals is long: Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Eliot Spitzer, Thomas Jefferson, Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, former Israeli President, Moshe Katsav, Bob Packwood, Wilbur Mills, to name a very few.

The unfortunately-named Anthony Weiner now joins the list.

It seems that women in positions of power are able to keep their nose cleaner than men. Why is that?

Perhaps the late historian, Stephen Ambrose, nailed it with his droll assessment of the problem:

“God created man with a penis and a brain and gave him only enough blood to run one at a time.”




  1. Monte B. Gray on June 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I disagree with this! If one examines recent statistics women have affairs outside of marraige at a percentage very close to men.
    The reason one see’s it occur amongst men in politics is due to the glaring disparity in the number of elected men vs women. Once women achieve parity I suspect this percentage will change.

    Two cases in point. Czarina Catherine of Russia who was renown for her extra marital escapades, and then the wife of King Charles of Spain who had an ongoing love affair with Manaul Godoy.

    So, give them a chance at power and I’m sure women will also rise to the occasion!

    Though what Ambrose says is amusing, I don’t consider it accurate. Especially being the owner of said organ!

  2. Theresa Dowd on June 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I’m interested in where the statistics come from that say that women are as likely as men to have extramarital affairs. I don’t buy it.

    • Monte B. Gray on June 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      Below is part of an article I copied from “googling” men vs women having affairs. I also remember reading a similar article in the paper or a magazine a few months ago. I did’nt say women have affairs as often as men, but at a comparable rate. To me 45%-50% compared to 50-60% is “comparable”.

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