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Sex Addiction a Triumph For Feminism

Tiger Woods: The Unintentional Feminist Hero

Until the '70s the Don Drapers of the world who used compulsive sex to self-medicate weren't called sex addicts but Casanovas. Now that "sex addict" is an APA-certified mental illness that has gone pro with Tiger Woods, Hanna Rosin of Slate says it's a "triumph for feminism." And I agree.

Go all the way back to the 19th century, and voracious sexual appetites were not considered deviant in men. Yet, one wrong "lascivious" glance from a woman, and she could be branded a nymphomaniac. What were men called? Don Juans.

Even in the '70s when "sex addict" was first popularized by the book Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, women dismissed it as "sex negative." The '70s weren't interested in sexual deviance as much as sexual permissiveness. When it was acknowledged, it was a cop-out for philandering husbands in need of a scapegoat.

If we ever expect sex addicts to stop leading double lives and admit they have a problem, then sex addiction must cross society's moral-acceptability line. Even if Tiger Woods has only got us talking about sex addiction then he's done us all a service.

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
Yeah, I'm not discrediting the existence of sex addiction, but Tiger Woods is not a sex addict. He's an asshole.
janneth janneth 7 years
I think Tiger is the unintentional philandering husband hero. "It's not my fault. I'm a sex addict."
We've heard various male rock stars and celebs state that the reason they went into the business was for the women. And, yeah, when they get caught doing something stupid, they are suddenly addicted, to sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. Bah. I agree with camaro...
Anne26 Anne26 7 years
Wow, that is awful. Maybe his wife isn't giving him enough or maybe he wants more than what his wife can give him. Oh gosh. Hopefully I never meet a "sex addict"
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
Well and also, isn't it true that most sex addicts go about fulfilling their needs by having sometimes random sex, no strings, leave right afterwards? It sounds like he had mini-relationships with these women. Just kind of strange. I do think that some male celebs claim sex addiction when really, they can't just commit. My 2 cents.
Muirnea Muirnea 7 years
If sex addiction really is a problem and isn't just a cop out, then why don't more sex addicts just have sex with their wives/gf's more often and/or masturbate more often? Why is it that they turn to other women for their addiction? That just doesn't make sense to me at all. In the article it did talk about addicts masturbating, but obviously that's not Tiger Wood's case. I just don't quite believe that anyone that goes to other women for sex when they are married can blame it on an addiction. They could have more sex with their wife or masturbate more much easier than finding and hiding some other girls...that just screams cop-out to me. I'll be the first to admit though, I don't know much about this topic at all, but I just haven't decided whether I think sex-addiction is anything but a cop-out yet.
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