Top Spy: Women Make 'Bloody Good' Agents
British officer opens door to would-be female spies
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2014 5:36 PM CDT
This undated publicity film image provided by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley, File)

(Newser) – A British intelligence officer tells the Times of London that women make "bloody good spies" because they are fine multi-taskers who excel at "tapping into different emotional resources." As part of a Secret Intelligence Service recruitment campaign, the top spy dismissed the notion that female agents are over-emotional (Homeland's Carrie Mathison) or obsessed with sex (Mata Hari), the Guardian reports. In fact, a woman with a personality disorder "would not be selected" for service, she says, reports Australia's News Network. "You would be too much of a risk."

Speaking anonymously, the spy said her life as a working mother is hard to balance—but being married helps her connect to a range of people, from politicians to terrorists, the Daily Mail reports. "I'm less of a threat than a single female," she says. "They, the terrorist, have mothers, sisters, daughters." She also spoke of rewards beyond gender: "I have made the world a safer place through some of the operations I have done and the agents I have run. There is a strong moral reward to it." (For a weird spy story, check out Russia's hijacking of Ukraine's spy dolphins.)

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Chris Farley
Apr 1, 2014 7:28 AM CDT
Yeah, if you remember they have that secret weapon that 90% of men want. How did that redheaded russian spy make connections. snooping and spywork? Nah, the good oldest way in the book.
rickydarlin
Apr 1, 2014 5:07 AM CDT
yuk....just what does menstral blood have to do with being a spy
Glenn McGrew II
Apr 1, 2014 5:07 AM CDT
Why is it that being a spy is glorified? I'm sorry, but the James Bond image completely glosses over the many horrible things that agencies like the CIA, NSA, GCHQ, and so on have done in the name of some right that is ambiguous at best to protect one's nation by killing, disrupting economies, overturning democracies, assassinating leaders and stealing secrets, among other things. Have spies sometimes done good things? Sure. Does that mean that Dora the Explorer, Backyardigans, the Flintstones and any number of other kiddie shows should be glorifying them? Absolutely not. There is no reason for us to continue on this suicidal path that not only destroys people and nations, but the very planet we owe our lives to.