Sex/Porn Addiction Treatment is Not an Attempt to Enforce Morality

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Your opinions are your windows to the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.

In some quarters, there is a fear that sex and porn addiction therapists are trying to be the new ‘sex police,’ imposing moral, cultural, and/or religious values on sexuality, thereby creating a narrow version of sexual health. Sadly, this fear is not entirely ungrounded; there are indeed some moralistic and/or highly religious therapists who misuse and misapply the sex/porn addiction diagnosis, using it to marginalize and pathologize sexual behaviors that don’t mesh with their personal or religious belief systems. Homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, recreational porn use, casual sex, polyamory, and fetishes – all of which (when they’ve not become part of an addiction) fall well within the spectrum of ‘normal’ and ‘healthy’ adult sexuality – have at times been misdiagnosed as sex or porn addiction. In actuality, what it is that turns a person on is completely unrelated to a sex or porn addiction diagnosis.

Task for Today
Think about your personal beliefs about the types of sex that are and are not healthy. Would you want to force those beliefs on others? Would you want them to force their beliefs on you?