My favourite Agent was in the news this past week admitting that he had checked himself into a clinic to deal with his apparent sexual addiction.
The TMZ/X-17 Online/Perez Hilton’s of the world cackled with glee whilst I sighed heavily and tutted, but not from a moral perspective, far from it.
I don’t believe sex addiction exists. I’ve come to this conclusion by reading far too much about a “thing” that I do not consider I am addicted to, but can understand how people can be motivated by a set of circumstances into becoming compulsive.
Yes, I may long for intimacy but I do not go out of my way to try and find it, nor do I equate sex with intimacy- Sex can be sex or sex can be intimacy. Personally, I appear to be unable to have sex just for the sake of it.
Today there is an excellent article rounding up the major points as to why it is not an addiction at Petra Boynton’s always fascinating blog:
Dr Petra – Medicalising sexual behaviour – some interesting stories in the news
The article also touches on the increasing medicalisation of non-medical issues. I could easily be classed as “suffering” from female sexual dysfunction but I know that a hit of Viagra is definitely not the answer to my “problems”. Also of interest:
Marty Klein – Why There’s No Such Thing as Sexual Addiction — And Why It Really Matters