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. Monkey Readers: *Do you believe Sex Addiction is Real? **What are your thoughts on this recent phenomenon?
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 and its etiology, nature, and validity have been debated.
Proponents of the concept have offered varying descriptions, each according to their favored model of the putative phenomenon. Proponents of an addiction model of the phenomenon refer to it as "sexual addiction" and offer definitions based on substance addictions; proponents of lack-of-control models refer to it as "sexual compulsivity" and offer definitions based on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); etc. Skeptics believe that it is a myth that the phenomenon exists as a disease or disorder at all and is instead a by-product of cultural and other influences