Here’s a promo I received in my email today.
No Agenda Show Demystifies Why Powerful Men do destructive things that basically “ruin” or “devastate” their lives, a la Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Co-Host Adam Curry investigated what makes guys like this tic. He found out some interesting things in the new DSM5, the Book of Disorders. We want you to listen to the podcast, but here is a clue — “Hyper Sexual Disorder”. Mood swings, depression, anxiety reportedly provoke inexcusable acts. Listen on…
Adam Curry and John Dvorak also talk about doing a podcast during Memorial Day weekend and the ability to have a platform where they can express a steady stream of “random” thoughts in their own free-flowing style.
To listen to the full podcast, #308, click here – http://curry.com/?p=12588
No Agenda is a podcast which takes place two times a week on Thursday and Sunday in the morning, hosted by Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak on the mevio network. The show is a free-flowing conversation that deconstructs recent news and media memes. Much of the appeal of the show comes from the odd couple relationship between the hosts. Adam Curry usually suggests theories about the news or world events, whereas John C. Dvorak has a more reasoned demeanor, and as acting as the “Straight man” to Curry.
The show has no advertisers, instead relying on its listeners to voluntarily donate in either lump sums or a recurring plan. The show also relies on their listeners (known as “Producers”) to provide artwork and audio clips. Numerous fan sites have sprung up to facilitate this interaction.
“Hyper sexual disorder” is an iffy mental disorder in the first place and it’s an eye roller when you apply the diagnosis to people like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and Tiger Woods.
Let me explain why I say that.
Look back through history to ancient kings. Many of them had countless wives, staggering numbers of concubines, and enormous harems. Just take a look at the enormous size of some of the harems throughout history.
At the top of the charts for the luckiest man ever (by some guys’ standards at least) was the 6th century BCE’s King Tamba of Banaras, whose harem numbered some 16,000 women. They could fill a stadium! Not to be outdone, the 15th-century Sultan Ghiyas-ud-Din Kilji’s harem numbered 15,000 and required him to build a separate walled city to house them.
Next on the list we have King Mongkut of Siam who, during the 1800s, housed his 9,000 women in a totally contained city with its own government, recreational facilities, and a theater. For his part, Kublai Khan, the Mongol leader in the 13th century, had four empresses and around 7,000 concubines. His style was to get rid of a couple hundred every two years and replace them with fresh newcomers.
Finally, Emperor Jahangir of India maintained a harem of over 6,300 women during the early years of the 17th century. Seems kind of weak compared to the other despots on the list, but Jahangir actually had his own thing going on. That is to say, he didn’t limit himself strictly to members of the female persuasion. Jahangir kept close to a thousand young men-in-waiting for those times when he desired a change of scenery.
Why did they have that many women? Because they COULD.
Fast forward to today.
Men like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tiger Woods may not be able to have harems, but they’re so rich, so famous, and so good looking that through much of their lives they’ve had access to an almost limitless supply of attractive and willing women. Dominique Strauss-Kahn isn’t QUITE in their class, but he’s rich, famous, and extremely powerful in France. You take a single man and put him in that situation and chances are, at least for a good long while, he will indulge himself the way all those men did.
Then eventually, even for men who have that many opportunities, they tend to get to a point where marriage seems a little more appealing and they tie the knot. That’s the end of that for most men. It’s not that they’re no longer attracted to other women; it’s that they made a commitment to a wife and they have moral objections to cheating. Of course, that’s not true for all men; some of them cheat, but that’s how it’s supposed to work.
Even after they married, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, & Dominique Strauss-Kahn not only had plenty of opportunities, they didn’t have moral compunctions that other people do — and Strauss-Kahn is by far the worst of the bunch. Dominique Strauss-Kahn already had a terrible reputation in France. I know of cases where attractive young women who might be in his presence were warned to be careful of him. Recently, there have been other women who’ve come forward like this maid and sadly, but truthfully, if that incident had happened in France, Strauss-Kahn would have probably gotten away with it.
Does that constitute a mental disorder?
What it does constitute is lots of opportunity mixed with bad morals. These men had opportunities, they thought they could get away with pursuing those opportunities, and all three of them did for a long time. Eventually it caught up with them. Now that it has, all three of them would be better served by spending time in a church than being treated for a “mental disorder.”