The Myth of Sex Addiction

The Myth of Sex Addiction David J. Ley
  • Title: The Myth of Sex Addiction
  • Author: David J. Ley
  • ISBN: 9781442213043
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Myth of Sex Addiction David J. Ley The Myth of Sex Addiction The media today is filled with powerful men in trouble for their sexual behaviors and invariably they are diagnosed as sexual addicts Since Adam first hid his nakedness from God and pointed the fing
    The media today is filled with powerful men in trouble for their sexual behaviors, and invariably, they are diagnosed as sexual addicts Since Adam first hid his nakedness from God and pointed the finger at Eve, men have struggled to take responsibility for their sexuality Over the past three decades, these behaviors have come to reflect not a moral failing, but instead,The media today is filled with powerful men in trouble for their sexual behaviors, and invariably, they are diagnosed as sexual addicts Since Adam first hid his nakedness from God and pointed the finger at Eve, men have struggled to take responsibility for their sexuality Over the past three decades, these behaviors have come to reflect not a moral failing, but instead, evidence of an ill defined disease, that of sexual addiction The concept of sexual addiction is a controversial one because it is based on questionable research and subjective moral judgments Labeling these behaviors as sex addiction asserts a false, dangerous myth that undermines personal responsibility Not only does this epidemic of sex addiction excuses mislabel male sexuality as dangerous and unhealthy, but it destroys our ability to hold people accountable for their behaviors By labeling males as weak and powerless before the onslaught and churning tide of lust, we take away those things that men should live up to personal responsibility integrity self control independence accountability self motivation honor respect for self and others In The Myth of Sex Addiction, Ley presents the history and questionable science underlying this alleged disorder, exposing the moral and cultural judgments that are embedded in the concept, as well as the significant economic factors that drive the label of sex addiction in clinical practice and the popular media Ley outlines how this label represents a social attack on many forms of sexuality male sexuality in particular as well as presenting the difficulty this label creates in holding people responsible for their sexual behaviors Going against current assumptions and trends, Ley debunks the idea that sex addiction is real, or at least that it is as widespread as it appears to be Instead, he suggests that the high sex behaviors of some men is something that has been tacitly condoned for countless years and is only now labeled as a disorder as men are being held accountable to the same rules that have been applied to women He suggests we should expect men to take responsibility for sexual choices, rather than supporting an approach that labels male sexual desire as a demonic force that must be resisted, feared, treated, and exorcised.
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    1. I think there is some interesting work to be done around men s role in society, families and relationships Around how they ve changed over the past 100 years and what we want them to become I ve read some interesting articles over the years as people struggle with this but largely they feel to me that they have an agenda I don t fully agree with or that they are written in retribution for some perceived wrong.Growing up white, male, middle class you are well indoctrinated to believe that you hav [...]

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    2. I am glad to see Dr Ley challenging the addictions industry His analysis it on target and based on the current scientific evidence The entire concept is deeply involved with religious ideas about sex and sexuality In short, the notion of sex addiction is largely a religious one, though he does not make that claim as strongly as I would like It is not coincidence that recent research demonstrates the religious you are, the likely you are to self diagnose as a sex addict Part of the answer is, g [...]

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    3. This is a very informative and interesting book about sex addiction There are interesting anecdotes, facts, expert opinions and information that kept me reading.Would recommend this book

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    4. David J Ley has written a sledgehammer to demolish a dust bunny.The myth that Ley intends to smash is a myth that virtually no one serious believes Or rather, the people who believe the myth are, for the most part, well served by their belief in it, and those who will understand his prose, his arguments, never would have believed it in the first place.The argument is partly semantic, partly theological, and partly commercial semantically, those who believe that addiction is indistinguishable fro [...]

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    5. I saw this book on the new books section as you enter our local library and its title piqued my interest The author is a therapist who has worked heavily with people, mostly men, who have been labeled as sex addicts He disputes this term and his premises are basically that a There is debate about what constitutes appropriate sexual interest or sexual deviance because it is often a morality based judgment based on cultural norms depending on the society you are in, the fact that men and women nat [...]

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    6. This is a fairly successful attempt at debunking sex addiction as equivalent to any other addiction I thought it was successful in demonstrating how what has been labeled as sex addiction is not a true addiction in the medical sense It presents a basic history of how the idea of sex addiction came about, but I think there could have been information in that area I did like how the author presented the label as something that disparate groups use to promote their own agendas Overall, it s a good [...]

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    7. This book started a lot stronger than it ended I have been repeatedly frustrated by the dubious and unsupported claims of the sex addiction movement, especially in conservative religious settings, and picked up Ley s book to see what the actual research indicates On this front he is quite good, demonstrating that there is essentially no evidence that sex is or can even be classified as an addiction This is the important part of the book.On the other hand, as the book goes on it rapidly devolves [...]

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    8. I was footnote hopping when I ordered this book and meh, it s okay but nothing terribly groundbreaking The author summarizes the lack of evidence to support compulsive sexual behavior as a physiological addition, and also makes a compelling case for the reasons why even a colloquial use of addiction to describe behavior understood by the individual or their social circle to be problematic iswell, problematic Unfortunately, the author s statements about female sexuality are superficial and out of [...]

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    9. While I agree with the author s main thesis that sex addiction is not a useful concept he made a dozen other sub arguments throughout the book that weren t as well supported There were a lot of straw men e.g society rarely acknowledges the benefits from sex except every other NYtimes article extolling the health benefits of sex I did like the fact that he pointed out the hypocrisy many have of looking at women s eros as liberating but men s eros as depraved I may have been misreading his point, [...]

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    10. I m bad at writing book reviews I enjoyed this book, and compared to other books on sex addiction , my stars aligned with most of Dr Ley s views on the subject I was formerly pro sex addiction , even joined the club, called myself one But became leery of the whole enterprise after two years, well before reading this book Reading Dr Ley s book was helpful though, and made me feel better about getting out of the whole addiction camp when I did especially since I have never been a drug booze addict [...]

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    12. good central thesis but the last quarter devolves into outdated gender essentialism and evo psych, which is frustrating to say the least from a book that purports to be against pseudoscience.

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