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The phenomenon in which individuals report being unable to manage their sexual behavior.

Sexual addiction refers to the phenomenon in which individuals report being unable to manage their sexual behavior. It has also been called "sexual dependency," and "sexual compulsivity." The existence of the condition is not universally … see full wiki

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Sex Addiction is All The Rage BUT is it Real?

  • Apr 15, 2010
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Oh Jesse James, how could you do that to Sandra Bullock - you are but one in a long line of celebs, politicians and sport stars now ducking and hiding under the cloak of Sex Rehab.  What gives?

According to Wikipedia, Sexual addiction refers to the phenomenon in which individuals report being unable to manage their sexual behavior. It has also been called "sexual dependency," and "sexual compulsivity." The existence of the condition is not universally accepted by sexologists.
Basically there are three schools of thought, two that validate Sexual addictions and one that believes it is a myth created by culture and other modern factors. 
Bottom line, the validity of sex addiction is hotly contested by experts in the field, and average joes alike.  It is a term readily swallowed whole by Hollywood agents as the answer to their celeb clients caught cheating on their spouse. 

They hope to conjure sympathy - the appearance of a real disease.  This gives the celebrity an excuse - "poor me - I can't help it - I'm an addict, please still go see my films!"  (same concept for the politicos, athletes and so on.)

I am not an expert, but I am extraordinarily skeptical of sexual addiction.  Perhaps this skeptisism is largely because you mostly hear about it when someone has something to gain by claiming to be a sex addict.  They need to hold on to their fans, their endorsements, their famous wife and so on.

Let's face it the odds of Jesse James and/or Tiger Woods, checking themselves into a sex rehab if they didn't feel they "had to" to save their career and marriage are slim to none.  Furthermore, do you really think these guys would have ever checked into rehab if they hadn't gotten caught? 

Even if Sex Addiction is real, I don't believe in these cases the patient is genuine.  They cheat because they can.  They cheat because they are narcissistic and think they don't need to live up to regular rules of marriage.  They Cheat because they are insecure about their wives careers.  It could be a million things, but in these cases I find it nearly impossible to believe they cheat because they are literally addicted to sex. 

If I were Sandra Bullock I'd get every STD test on the planet and I'd run run run for the hills and never look back.

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June 27, 2010
The way I see it... Sex Addiction (or rather, the rehab for it) could potentially be bull pucky.  People can get addicted to anything.  That's something I think we can all agree on.  But when it comes to celebrities there are two things that I'm always annoyed by when one cheats on their spouse.  The first is that there's this perception that we're supposed to care.  I don't.  I don't know these people personally and their entertainment lives and their personal lives are two different things.  Why should I care about Tiger Woods's personal problems?

The second is that cheating happens even without celebrities doing it.  When you find out that your neighbor cheats on his wife we typically have this, "Well, their business is their business attitude."  When it's a celebrity we seem to think that they somehow owe us something.  They don't owe US, their public, anything.  They owe their spouses whom they cheated on something.  I understand that the United States in particular is a celebrity obsessed culture... but sex addiction seems like the new hot button thing to progress the drama of a celebrity obsessed culture.  We WANT to see someone like Tiger Woods go through it because we know that it gives us more gossip.  In short, celebrity gossip and watching suddenly became as entertaining as a film or a television series.  The difference here is that it's a lot more unusual to figure out what happens because there's no script. 

Sex addiction just became the new big thing.  The reason we can say this is because we're not so quick to haul just anyone off to sex addiction rehab.  It's just a publicity stunt so that specific celebrities can redeem themselves.  They don't do it because they want to.  They do it because they think that's what we want them to do.  A good deal of us don't really care one way or the other.  Like I said, I don't know these guys personally and therefore I don't think it's really my business to care.  We can talk and gossip, but if Tiger Woods or anyone else goes to rehab... it shouldn't be for the sake of trying to impress their adoring public.  It ought to be for the sake of helping themselves.  And that's where I think the Bullpucky comes in.  If it's a publicity stunt... then chances are... it isn't really real.  At least for a particular celebrity.  If it's a publicity stunt then there's no real "treatment," at all.  And if that's the case I'm not sure if it's really real... Let's face it... in that kind of life, some of them do it just because they can.  And it MUST be hard for some.  Imagine, if you will, that you're one of these mistresses to Tiger Woods... if he wasn't famous some wouldn't have given him the time of day.  Since he was... it was different.  For some reason celebrities carry this unusual power.  For some fans, just touching them is worth bragging rights.  So thinking of it that way... for some fans being able to REALLY touch them is like coming face to face with a God.  I don't like describing it that way... and since we are sexual beings some people (men especially) aren't good at saying "no," about that sort of thing.  For some temptation is just hard to resist.
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