Today’s Most Influential Woman is …

It’s a few days before Easter, 2018, and as I realized who the most influential woman in the world is as of today.  She may have been influential for many days, but it’s even more so as of today.

#MeToo back in the Golden Age

Today is when a newly famous woman talks on big TV about an affair she had with this guy who is today’s President.  She’s NOT the Influential Woman.

There are lots of other women finally coming forward about what a sexual consumer and predator our president is ALLEGED to be.  None of them are the most Influential Women, either.  (Note, I believe all of them.  Why should they lie?  #MeToo)

No, the most Influential Woman today is…

… his wife, Melania.

I can’t feel totally sorry for her.  She put herself on exhibit, she “caught” him, she has her child, and she can live in her golden cage.

Yet I can notice certain great behavioral components.

Mr. President must be feeling pretty dry by now.  Let’s face it.  He’s pretty much living single, Melania isn’t going to be feeling much “in the mood,” and every move this guy makes is under a microscope.

So here’s what makes her influential.  You guessed it.  Sex.

All she has to do is say, “Do this, Darling, and you can have, this.”

Won’t work?  Check out this story involving pausing a war a few thousand years ago.  Or how about these stories much more recently, described along with a broadway musical about it.

More to the point of this site, we are doing the first extremely public experiment into the phenomenon of “What happens to Men when they get EXTREMELY sexually frustrated?”

I touched upon this a bit a long while ago in this post.  What makes today’s experiment so much more exciting is that we are all able to watch it, live.  Along the way we can have some fun.

How long has it been for Mr. President (no puns intended).

How much longer can he go without?

Can it be possible that he’s escaping to Florida and other places where he can get his “fix?”  If so, how long can that secret be kept?

I’m hopeful that Melania will keep him from getting his fix by being vigilant.  If she realizes she can be that much more powerful if he gets hungry, then that might encourage her.  Of course, the downside to this plan is that she has to, well, “feed” him on occasion, and that could interfere with anyone’s appetite.

Anyway, stay tuned, and enjoy the show.  It’s better than facing reality at the moment.

Women, War, and Sex

There aren’t many plays that can entertain us for more than a year or two.  And there are even fewer that last more than a generation.  Then there is Shakespeare, whose plays have lasted 500 years (almost) and are still going strong.  But even the Great Bard comes in after the winners when compared to the Greeks of the Golden Age.

411 years before the Christian Era, and Aristophanes writes a comedy that involves a group of women who are sick and tired of war.  The Big War for them was between Athens and Sparta, and it simply went on too long.  A brazen woman named Lysistrata decided that the best way to force men back to the bargaining table and secure peace was to hold back on the only “piece” under their control.  No peace, no sex.

Oh yes, there are antics and some sub-plots along the way.  Some moralizing about the frailty of women and the duties of men to keep them under control.  But look at the play more closely and there is much more than that.

For the moralizing, though dated in our eyes, is actually a sarcastic statement commenting on the absurd expectations of men and women, over two thousand years ago.  Aristophanes was effectively the voice of our own modern women.  And there’s more.  The play centers around the masculine need for war, and the feminine desire to forge peace at any cost.  These are sentiments that still ring true today, perhaps even more than then.

And it is here that the play has its greatest value for me.  It shows us that there are fundamental behaviors, regarding men and women, war and peace, that humanity understands no better than it did 2400 years ago.  Lysistrata’s complaints and Aristophanes observations are just as relevant.  And until we, as students of behavior, commit to truly understanding what these behaviors are about, we are doomed to relive the past.  War and Peace, peace and war.  Perhaps it’s time for another Lysistrata to rise!

Peace.