Identifying Sex and Porn Addiction in Women

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Addiction knows no race or gender. It does not discriminate.

Female sex and porn addicts can be more difficult to diagnose and treat than male sex and porn addicts. This may be due, at least in part, to socio-cultural attitudes about sex. Men who have a lot of sex are often celebrated as ‘studs’ and ‘players,’ while hypersexual women are denigrated as ‘sluts’ and ‘nymphomaniacs.’ As such, male sex and porn addicts are usually quite willing to discuss their sexual behavior; they may even be proud of their sex life despite the repeated and continually escalating negative consequences wrought by their sexual behaviors. Conversely, female sex and porn addicts—even when they’re being sexual just as frequently, in the same ways, in similar venues, and with the same basic consequences as their male counterparts—tend to downplay their sexual involvement, instead discussing their behavior in terms of relationships, dating, and intimacy.

Task for Today
Pay attention to the different ways you think about male vs. female sexuality.