SAN DIEGO, March 20, 2013 – No wonder Congress can’t get anything done about sequestration and the budget. Now we know why it let the fiscal cliff situation drag on. Members are far too busy with their other members.
The website AshleyMadison.com, a “dating” website which facilitates extramarital affairs between wiling adults, says for the second year in a row Washington, D.C. claims the dubious honor of being the number one least faithful city in America.
The ratings are based on the number of sign-ups to its site per capita in any given city.
In 2012, 34,157 individuals in the District of Columbia enrolled on the website. Close behind were two Texas cities, Austin and Houston.
Cities in Eastern and Midwest states round out the top ten, with only one city west of the Rockies making the cut: Phoenix, Arizona at number ten.
- Washington, DC
- Austin, TX
- Houston, TX
- Miami, FL
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Richmond, VA
- Boston, MA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Lincoln, NE
- Phoenix, AZ
Additional data from the site claims that Washington D.C. also has the highest percentage of married men over the age of 50 seeking affairs.
Powerful leaders throughout history have conducted notable affairs; it’s nothing new. From Genghis Khan to Marc Antony and Julius Caesar to President John F. Kennedy; and more recently leaders like Elliott Spitzer, Silvio Berloscconi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Edwards, Anthony Weiner, and General David Petraeus… the list is seemingly endless.
Evolutionary psychologists say power and sexual assertiveness go hand in hand. Kings, generals, presidents and other male leaders who achieve high status experience a rise in testosterone levels, which is a biological relic still with us in modern America.
It is also the case that women are biologically attracted to high status men, because they are able to provide for offspring due to wealth and status. Studies also show that powerful people are perceived as more physically attractive, even when it isn’t objectively the case.
Successful people are more prone to taking professional risks that pay off. This risk-taking behavior extends to their personal lives. It’s also true that you have to think highly of yourself to run for public office in the first place. It’s not an exercise for anyone suffering in the self-esteem department; exactly the opposite. People drawn into the public eye relish approval, at all levels.
So are Washington politicians the equivalent of animals crashing through the jungles, battling it out to take what they want?
Notice that of all the sex scandals in Washington, not a single one of them involves a female elected official. It’s not that it’s never happened; perhaps women can keep a secret better. But we rarely hear about a woman leader caught up in the sort of scandal that brings down someone like a General Petraeus.
Is the solution to the problem to elect more women to public office? It certainly couldn’t hurt to give it a try.
Myra Chack Fleischer serves as Lead Counsel for Fleischer & Ravreby in Carlsbad, California with a focus on divorce, property, custody and support, settlement agreements, mediation, asset division and family law appeals. Read more Legally Speaking in Communities Digital News. Follow Myra on Twitter: @LawyerMyra. Fleischer can be reached via Google +
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