Is Sex Addiction the new excuse for Cheating?
With everyone from David Duchovny to Jesse James to Tiger Woods getting snagged for sleeping with multiple partners and then running off to Sexual Addiction Rehab, the term ‘Sex Addict’ has gotten a lot of press lately.
Has claiming to be addicted to sex become to new “automatic out” for people who get caight cheating with lots of men and women?
The Sex Addicts Anonymous website has a set of definitions surrounding what constitutes a true Sex Addict…..a few are:
- Do you keep secrets about your sexual behavior from those important to you? Do you lead a double life?
- Have your desires driven you to have sex in places or with people you would not normally choose?
- Do you need greater variety, increased frequency, or more extreme sexual activities to achieve the same level of excitement or relief?
- Do your relationships become distorted with sexual preoccupation?
- Do your sexual activities involve the threat of disease?
- Has your sexual behavior ever left you feeling hopeless, alienated from others, or suicidal?
Okay, so I’ll give you there certainly are some people who are legitimately addicted to sex.
In fact, a friend’s (former) Fiancée was addicted to the point where she was having unprotected sex up to five times a week with other – often multiple – partners….all without him knowing.
However, I really wonder when people like Tiger Woods’ multiple sexual partners comes to light, and he calls himself an addict.
I could be completely wrong, but my feeling is Woods has been spoiled and coddled most of his life. He’s constantly had people telling him how amazing he is, and he’s been pretty much able to do whatever he wants with no real restrictions, not even financial ones.
My opinion of many (not all, of course) of these “Celebrity Sex Addicts” is they’re just a bunch of spoiled little brats, doing whatever they want, with no true regard for anyone other than themselves.
And claiming they’re addicted and they’re behavior is beyond their control is an insult not only to the public, but more to people who are truly sex addicts.
What do you think? Has the term ‘Sex Addict’ become the new Get Out of Jail Free card?