Graduation Year

Fall 2011

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Jay Martin

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Is hyper-sexuality intrinsically linked with leadership? Should there be a new category of leaders to include sexual compulsion as part of successful dominance? What about the leadership of these Presidents compensated for their hyper-sexuality and allowed them to rise to the most powerful position in the world? What does it say about our society when we accept, elect, and idealize this behavior? Does sexual compulsion inhibit leaders or are their benefits such as infusing them with confidence and gratification? Is it actually condemnable at all? To answer these questions I’ve had to dive as deeply as I can into the psyche of these two Presidents: John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.