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The Immorality of Sex Addiction

Ann Marlowe at the Weekly Standard (subscription needed) has a great book review of David Ley's book, The Myth of Sex Addiction.  The current hype in popular psychology these days, of course, is that all bad behavior is not a product of personal choice but indicative of some psychopathology.  Who needs personal responsibility?  Even better, the academic journals are filled with articles with fancy pictures of brains gone awry, ostensibly explaining away personal responsibility.  Nowhere is this more in fashion that in discussions of addictions - those non-traditional ones: sex, food, suntanning, cell phone use. 

Here's an excerpt from Ms. Marlowe's review:

David Ley gets at the philosophical heart of the matter: the dualism inherent in the idea that "sex addiction" overrides a person's good impulses and makes them do bad things that aren't really in their nature. "We are what we do," Ley responds. He is squarely in the cognitive psychology camp, urging, "if you want to change how you feel, change what you do." Ley points out that the argument that pornography causes rape, and particularly that the use of Internet porn leads to sexual violence, gets things backwards. Sexual violence has dropped by half since 1993, when web browsing became widely available, and even teen sex, teen pregnancy, and venereal disease rates have fallen. As should be intuitively obvious, people who spend most of their time panting over porn on their computers are less likely to be out in the real world getting in trouble.


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We're just sure this article is wrong, so please take it back, you Nazi.


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South Park made what is perhaps the definitive statement on this subject back in 2010.


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