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September 8, 2008
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Sex Addicts: They Seem To Be Everywhere

David Duchovny checks into rehab for sex addiction. Chuck Palahniuk’s “Choke” gets made into a movie — and it just so happens to be about… a sex addict! What could this all mean? Why, it’s time for a New York Times piece on sex addiction as a lifestyle trend! Well, sort of.

Snarky as we were prepared to be (and we’re always prepared to be snarky), the piece is actually somewhat decent, taking a (brief) look at the reactions to sex addiction in popular culture. Best line?

Move over, tubby; take a break, old maid, there’s a new straw man available for theatrical ridicule: the sex addict. Even as Hollywood has learned, slowly, not to mock the handicapped or brand all Middle Easterners as terrorists, and has turned a more sensitive eye toward alcoholics and drug addicts, it has shown little tact in portraying people diagnosed with sex addiction.

Because, of course, sex addiction can’t be a real problem: it has the word sex in it! Just like sex work can’t be real work — cause there’s sex in it!

[We kid.]

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