08 Apr The Glorification of Sex Addiction
While the plague of substance abuse continues to hurt the country, as well as the rest of the world, there are many types of addiction that continue to affect people in the modern world. One of these addictions that particularly tears apart families and relationships is sex and porn addiction. The prominence of sex addiction, particularly in wealthier countries like America, is not necessarily surprising. People in liberalized, industrial nations enjoy a wealth of ideological luxuries, such as free speech and an open media. However, they also experience the side effects that this can bring, such as an abundance of media that might be promoting unsafe ideas. This certainly happens, when it comes to sex addiction and the ways that certain media glorifies it…
Many film characters exhibit traits of sex addicts
We live in an age where the antihero is king. This makes sense, as a complex antihero tends to have a far greater potential for dramatic conflict as a flawed character, at least more so than a hero who is always inclined to do the “right thing”. However, these types of characters have imbued our media with an abundance of behavior that can lead to glorification, when its portrayal lacks nuance. This has been the case, when it comes to the way that media portrays sexuality. An abundance of protagonists on the screen are portrayed as highly sexually active, and engaging in sexual behavior that is mechanical and repetitive. There isn’t anything wrong with having James Bond on screen, but when more and more characters begin to resemble his sexually addictive behavior, it creates a culture of glorification around such activity.
One of the most famous adages is that “sex sells”
This glorification isn’t without purpose. It is highly natural for human beings to experience sexual desire. It is, after all, how we procreate and make families. However, the media has collectively over utilized this fact to use sex to sell anything and everything. There is a frequently used term in advertising, “sex sells.” Today, we see highly sexually exploitative advertising techniques used to advertise products that have nothing to do with anything sexual.
Sex addiction hurts relationships
The point of this isn’t to shame sexual activity, or sexual desires. Sex is meant to be a fulfilling practice that is part of human development. Sex addiction, however, perverts this process to where it is no longer actually about pleasure or love. Instead, it becomes about using sexual fantasies as a way to escape the realities of life. This type of behavior gets in the way of having healthy sexual relationships with people that you actually care about, and makes it harder to experience intimacy.