Everyone and their little, old Aunt Bertha appears to be suffering from sex addiction these days. It’s the new whooping cough epidemic. It’s all over the place. At the grocery store, glossy photos of celebrities and their various call girls or lovers grace the covers of People and Us magazine. Their captions mentioning sex rehab and an addiction to getting it on.
Sex addiction appears to be the new trendy vice, or at the very least, the weakness of many a celebrity. Within the last 12 months we have seen public figure after public figure bestowed with the title of “sex addict.” Jesse James, Charlie Sheen, and Tiger Woods to name just a few. New …
… state-of-the-art fancy-schmancy sex rehab centers are popping up all over the place for those poor, poor souls that have suffered through too much intercourse. In the past, David Duchovny, Eric Benet, and Russell Brand have all admittedly sought treatment for the sex addiction and have publicly come forward to acknowledge their flaws.
The question is – is sex addiction really a terrible, all-encompassing disease that is wreaking havoc on people’s lives, or is it merely a convenient excuse for selfish and narcissistic behavior?
I think it’s both. I think that in regards to public figures (a lot of the time, if not most of the time), they use sex addiction as a convenient excuse for inexcusable behavior. In other words, cheating on their spouses was not their fault – it was their inner demons and addiction to beautiful genitals that lead them to sleep with all those hot young things. For celebrities, most of the time it’s an image thing, or a belief that the general public will forgive them if their problem stems from addiction rather than general douchbaggery.
That being said, I do believe that sex addiction is a valid disorder for some.
What sets sex addiction apart from alcoholism, gambling, or heroin addiction is that sex is natural. People are supposed to have sex. It’s a part of life. The only problem is that there is no set of rules that says when enough is enough. Sexual behavior crosses the line into addiction when it becomes a constant obsession that rules someone’s life. When every and all decision is based around getting laid, sex becomes a dangerous vice.
While society shuns cheaters, we also find it perfectly acceptable – even awesome – for men to bed numerous women, so we are sending a bit of a mixed message in regards to sex addiction.
According to the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health, sex addiction affects about 3 to 5 percent of the United States population. That’s a whopping amount of sex addicts.
So what do you guys think? Is sex addiction real or just an excuse?