Though it may be feasible to rock and roll all night and party every day, Gene Simmons says it’s inconceivable for a woman to have a career while raising children.
In the tongue-wagging rocker’s new book “On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power,” which will be released Tuesday, Simmons lays out a binary choice for modern women.
Because having kids “will not make you an ounce more powerful,” Simmons asserts that women “can’t have it both ways.”
“You have to commit to either career or family,” Simmons, 68, writes.
A politically incorrect self-help book, “On Power” mirrors Simmons’ friend and former reality TV boss Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal.”
With “On Power,” Simmons follows in the self-help footsteps of his former TV boss, Donald Trump.
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The book explores the examples of famous figures like Machiavelli, Napoleon and Colonel Sanders, as well as Simmons’ own rags-to-riches life story as the frontman of KISS, to deliver strategies for attaining and preserving power.
And while Simmons trumpets values like self-reliance and hard work, he acknowledges that people possess another tool that aids in the pursuit of power: sex.
“How many times have you heard someone say something like, ‘She only got that job because she’s well endowed,’ or ‘She’s only successful because they want to sleep with her,’ Simmons asks. “Well, guess what? Whatever the reason, she’s making it work for her.”
Simmons encourages women to harness their sexuality as a means of balancing the scales in a patriarchal society where “women are objectified and seen as sexual objects.”
Simmons has claimed to have slept with 4,800 women — roughly the population of Breckenridge, Colo.
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“If you find that you have this power that is unique to your sex, you should not feel ashamed to use it,” Simmons writes.
It’s here that Simmons presents another binary choice for women: using sexuality “to your advantage” or choosing to “stifle” your sexuality and get by on “your work ethic, your mind, and your talents.”
Conversely, men should also be aware of their ability to use sex as a means of acquiring power.
Simmons has claimed to have had sex with 4,800 women, and he writes that his “dalliances with groupies” helped him develop a powerful persona.
“Women wanted me because other women wanted me,” Simmons writes. “If women want you or if women want what you have, people will pay attention to what you have to say.”