How being a creep became a medical disorder
(Maggie Fox, NBC News) It’s happened again: A powerful, famous man is accused of improper, even criminal, sexual behavior and says he’s seeking therapy to deal with it.
“Guys, I’m not doing OK,” Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein said Wednesday. “I’m trying. I’ve got to get help.”
While there’s no official confirmation of where Weinstein is, experts said that whatever he may have done, he’s not a sex addict. And most say there’s no such thing as sex addiction.
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Psychiatrists debated whether to include sex addiction in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), and opted not to.
“I am not sure when being a selfish, misogynistic jerk became a medical disorder,” said David J. Ley, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Myth of Sex Addiction.”
“This is a concept that has been used to explain selfish, powerful, wealthy men engaging in irresponsible impulsive sexual behavior for a long time,” Ley said.
“My brother is obviously a very sick man”
Weinstein’s younger brother, Bob, called Harvey “a world class liar” who has not yet actually sought therapy.
“My brother is obviously a very sick man,” Bob Weinstein said in a statement to NBC News. “I’ve urged him to seek immediate professional help because he is in dire need of it. His remorse and apologies to the victims of his abuse are hollow.”
Several actors, including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as journalists, models and other women involved in the film industry have accused Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances and some even have alleged rape.
Holly Richmond, a psychologist in Los Angeles, said that while therapy of some kind is called for, sex addiction therapy would not be a legitimate route.