....Using personal letters, Navy records, and oral histories, biographers and historians over the past 20 years have begun to fill in a picture of Jack Kennedy as ill and ailment-ridden for his entire life—a far cry from the paragon of vigor (or “vigah,” in the family’s distinctive Massachusetts accent) that the Kennedys presented. After a sickly childhood he spent significant periods during his prep-school and college years in the hospital for severe intestinal ailments, infections, and what doctors thought for a time was leukemia. He suffered from ulcers and colitis as well as Addison’s disease, which necessitated the administration of regular steroid treatments. And it has been known for some time that Kennedy endured terrible back trouble. He wrote his book Profiles in Courage while recovering from back surgery in 1954 that almost killed him....
I read this article in the Atlantic recently. I wondered if Kennedy simply died of severe health problems. According to this article, he had serious health issues, of which he almost died several times as a young man. He somewhat recovered after long bed rests, and what were at the time experimental drug treatments for the underlying illness that the doctors speculated he had.
I also question how a guy with a broken back, Addison's disease & colitis could be any sort of stud, banging a bunch of women on the side. I suspect the 'player' image of him, was completely fake, a way to make him appear an alpha male to the voters, especially to women. And we are not talking about a guy who at one point in his life was a paragon of health, but who through aging and a hard life, was going downhill. The man was like in his 30's and had debilitating illness. In his teens and twenties his illnesses meant he had to drop out of schools to spend months bedridden.
What got me on this speculation, was someone said maybe Bill Clinton was never a player of women, instead asexual or homosexual. But at least Bill Clinton in his prime was a stallion of health and mental energy.
Something to realize is that men simply look at a woman to determine her sexual attractiveness - and the markers we look at subconsciously are mainly about fertility and health. But women's sexual attraction to men is mainly based on context. They try to find winners to mate with, but since the game changes through time, what traits give advantage to winners also change. In the gym the alpha male is the muscle bound guy lifting the biggest weights, with other men in awe of him and trying to learn from him. Whereas at a chess tournament the alpha male is the guy forcing other men to surrender on the chess board.
When you go to a club with 2 attractive women, all the other women are checking you out. Its a reason women are attracted to married men, if you have it together enough that you've landed another woman, you have already proven yourself.
With television they control all stories and images people see - something that most people are not smart enough to conceptualize what that really means. So the Beatles can have videos of women swarming around them and stories of their wild sexual escapades, which create in women's mind the idea that these guys are super studs. The men behind the camera can also hire songwriters, beat makers, music editors, talented singers for dubbing in the vocals, focus groups of people with an ear for engaging music and so on, to give the illusion that these guys have transcendent musical talent and genius.
I read about accounts of the Beatles actual romantic lives, from people who knew them, and it seemed very underwhelming. You can create the attraction in women's minds, and have an image of a super stud through controlling imagery, but when women spend time in person with the guy, his true nature is revealed rapidly to women. And what we have is average looking guys, probably with average sexual desire, and a collection of weaknesses and strengths like other men. At this point women are not so eager to sleep with the guy and receive the 'super stud' seed they thought they were going to get.
Imagine a woman is spellbound watching Kennedy giving a speech(written by a speechwriter), and seeing thousands of partisans going crazy for him. He invites her into his limo and she jumps in. But then she has to jump out, to help him with his crutches getting into the car. In the car he has to ask to pull over as his ulcerative collitis is acting up again and he has to spend 10 minutes in a gas station bathroom.
From google search this description came up of Addison's disease:
a disease characterized by progressive anemia, low blood pressure, great weakness, and bronze discoloration of the skin. It is caused by inadequate secretion of hormones by the adrenal cortex.
Does this sound like a guy who is going to have a rock hard erection and dispense with another awestruck starlet?