Views And Reviews

Sex and ambition

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6935.1046 (Published 16 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1046
  1. T Smith

    The vast amount of comment on recent sex scandals in the government has thrown up one idea that might be worth pursuing: do high achievers have a high sex drive? Should we expect politicians to have deviant sex lives as part of the personality mix that goes with ambition? For ambition rather than intelligence seems to be the most obvious characteristic that distinguishes politicians from the rest of us.

    Firstly, men seem to be more ambitious - or at least more pushy - than women. This trait is given as the explanation for the observation that girls do better in single sex schools because in mixed classes the boys dominate discussion (and are given …

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