Tiger Woods sought treatment for it.So did David Duchovny.But is sex addiction real?This is the question currently being debated by the American Psychiatric Association and being posed byTime magazinein an article this week.
While some see it as a shield for wealthy,famous,or just plain undisciplined people to excuse libidinous deeds outside of social norms,and others see it as a veritable illness,sexual addiction is creeping into the pop sphere.
AsGawkerpointed out,"When something gets on the addiction path there's no getting off: Within ten years we'll discover the gene for sex addiction,and we'll have already gone through a wave of,and backlash against,sex addiction memoirs."
While I'll be interested to hear what the APA has to say,I'm deferring to Chris Rock,who,in hisBigger and Blacker的性能,when discussing the media's influence on violent teenagers,said this:
"What happened to crazy?What,you can't be crazy no more?Did we eliminate ''crazy'' from the dictionary?"
I'm tempted to pose a similar question,substituting "crazy" for all those attributes we might assign to people who have sex non-stop.All compulsions tend to be symptoms of greater problems,and when they become recognized as illnesses,it doesn't mean we need to automatically excuse them.My friend's crippling depression and anxiety may have led him to punching people at bars,but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be disciplined for those actions,or excused from putting himself in a place where those actions are likely.
At the heart of theTimepiece is the question: "Should we regard out-of-control sexual behavior as an extreme version of normal sexuality,or is it an illness completely separate from it?"
What do you think: Is sex addiction a real thing?Could you date a recovering sex addict?
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