SEX IN THE COUNTRY: Qaddafi and Mao Fuck Like Rockstars

I read yesterday that Qaddafi had sex with at least four or five women every day up until his recent death at age 69. It reminded me of Mao, the former Leader of the People’s Republic of China, who also had sex with several women each day.  In fact, Mao had sex with women instead of showering, famously saying, “I wash myself in my women.” 

It got me thinking that being a dictator is almost like being a rock star, except that  most dictators are ugly, and certainly Qaddafi epitomizes that.  I did a little research and found that most dictators also enjoy very active sex lives, with multiple partners, despite the fact that most dictators are married.

The notable exception to this promiscuity (though he certainly was fugly) is Adolf Hitler, who was apparently monogamous and faithful to Eva Braun.  Usually, monogamous figures, like celibate figures, are the good guys: Gandhi and Jesus, for example. (And if Jesus wasn’t celibate, then he probably only had sex with one woman, Mary Magdalene.)

We’re fascinated by the sex lives of others, but dictators are of particular interest because so often they seem inhuman and sex is of course one of the few things we as humans have in common with one another. It’s easy to imagine that with power comes the ability to have as many partners as possible. We don’t even question that multiple partners are preferable to just one, especially for a deranged monomaniac. But though we may identify with that desire, Americans clearly prefer to see their leaders with sex lives more like Gandhi or Jesus.  Our leaders should be better than we are in the face of temptation – they should be able to rise above it, as they must rise above their own desires to serve the will of the people. A person’s sex life, Americans think, reflects his core values; and it shouldn’t be too distracting. (Exhibit A:  Anthony Weiner)

Yet what about Hitler?  A great leader, but not a good leader.  And some of our nation’s best presidents have had the most salacious sex lives:  Jefferson & Josephine, Kennedy & Marilyn, Clinton & Monica. So clearly fidelity is not always directly correlated with leadership, or even morality.

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