Is Sex Addiction Real

We’re set to see movie star Michael Fassbender in a completely different light this January as he takes on the role of a sex addict in Steve McQueen’s Shame. Despite the subject matter the film is anything but erotic, instead it’s a cold clinical depiction of a condition that has grown in prominence in recent years.
Sex addiction has been at the centre of a string of tabloid stories as stars such as Michael Douglas, Tiger Woods and Russell Brand have admitted to suffering from the disorder and checked themselves into rehab for treatment. But while high-profile sufferers have helped to publicise the condition, the media coverage has also had a negative impact; leading people in some quarters to question whether it’s a genuine disorder or merely a handy excuse for errant individuals. We talked to the experts to find out.

So what is sex addiction?
The relationship counselling service, Relate, describes sex addiction as “…the term used to describe any sexual activity that feels ‘out of control’. That might be sex with a partner, viewing pornography, masturbation, visiting prostitutes, or any number of other sexual activities.”
While the compulsion might involve an action, sex becomes addictive for people in much the same way as drugs or alcohol. During sex, our bodies release a powerful cocktail of chemicals including dopamines. Sex addicts get hooked on this chemical high, but like all addicts their bodies become used to these chemicals as relationship expert Marisa Peer explains:
“Sex addiction is known as a ‘process addiction’ like gambling, the biochemical element is the release of dopamine in the brain that, in itself, becomes highly addictive and all dopamine addicts need more and more, so a sex addict will need more sex or more partners to get the same dopamine high.”
Even though it has become increasingly prevalent in popular culture, recognition of sex addiction as a genuine clinical condition is still a bone of contention. There are detractors who have expressed doubts over the legitimacy of the condition, arguing that it is in fact a way of projecting social stigma onto patients, or a symptom of another disorder. The fact that sexual deviance is still a social taboo and people’s sexual patterns are uniquely subjective has also caused contention in the clinical world. All of which means that at the present time there are no recognised clinical criteria through which sexual addiction can be diagnosed.
However, that looks set to change since at home and across the pond in America where sex addiction is widely acknowledged, medical institutions are moving to recognise the condition as a genuine clinical complaint. Continue Reading…

It’s Clippers Who Bring The Noise In Resounding Win Over Thunder

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It’s Clippers Who Bring The Noise In Resounding Win Over Thunder: From the looks of things, the Clippers have accepted the challenge that this difficult week might bring.

Day 2 of The Gauntlet on Monday night brought the Clippers a showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team with the best record in the NBA and two of the league’s top young stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

And it didn’t turn out to be much of a problem for the Clippers, not with six of them scoring in double figures and Blake Griffin putting on another dunk show during their 112-100 victory over the Thunder at Staples Center.

Chris Paul directed the attack, producing a double-double with 26 points on 12-for-16 shooting and 14 assists, doing his part to help the Clippers build leads as big as 22 points. Paul scored 15 of the team’s last 31 points.

Griffin did his share to help the Clippers win to back-to-back games by scoring 22 points, including yet another stupendous dunk, over Kendrick Perkins in the third quarter.

Caron Butler had 22 points on nine-for-16 shooting, four for eight from three-point range. Continue Reading…

Blake Griffin’s Dunk of the Year Part of Big Night Against Thunder

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Blake Griffin’s Dunk of the Year Part of Big Night Against Thunder: For some reason, Blake Griffin loves playing at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. His monster one-handed dunk over Kendrick Perkins will be highlight reel fodder for months. LeBron James tweeted it was “Dunk of the Year.” Even as a Thunder fan, I can appreciate the monster dunk. Kevin Durant needs to have some of those to fire up his team.

Griffin’s 22 points put the game out of reach early and often Jan. 30, unfortunately for Thunder fans. Yet the team should have seen the big man coming. All Perkins could do was foul him. At the time of the dunk, the game was already too far out of reach as the exhausted Thunder simply couldn’t keep up despite the Clippers coming off a game in Denver the night before.

ESPN reported Griffin had 18 points and nine rebounds back on Nov. 3, 2010, when the Thunder traveled to L.A. to play the Clippers last season. Griffin was part of Clippers’ squad that was much more energetic than the Thunder. Perhaps the rough NBA season is catching up with Oklahoma City. Maybe the Clippers simply have the Thunder’s number. Griffin certainly likes throwing down one-handed dunks. Continue Story…

Stephen Colbert’s FEC report Big money!

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No kidding: Comedian Stephen Colbert’s satirical super PAC raised some serious cash.

Between July 1 and Dec. 31, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow collected more than $825,400, ending the year with nearly $674,000 cash on hand, according to disclosures filed over night with the Federal Election Commission.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and actor Bradley Whitford of “West Wing” fame are among the super PAC’s contributors.

Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow also received ostensibly corporate contributions, including $314 from Bestdamntutoring.com in Texas and $400 from an outfit called the Sticky Fingers Band of Brunswick, Maine. Continue Reading…

New ‘Bachelorette’ Emily Maynard Announced on ‘GMA’

Start filling out your applications, boys! Emily Maynard, a fan favorite from Brad Womack’s season of “The Bachelor,” will be the next “Bachelorette,” ABC officially announced today on “Good Morning America.”

“I think she’s America’s sweetheart and I think it will be a home run,” host Chris Harrison said on “GMA.”

Maynard, a single mom from Charlotte, N.C. who ended her tumultuous relationship with Womack, 38, last summer, has signed on to star in the eighth installment of the hit reality show, which will premiere this spring. She will be the first single mom to star in the series.

“Emily feels incredibly grateful to have found her first love when she was very young, and despite not having dated a lot, knows what it’s like to be truly in love,” ABC said in a press release today. “In the past seven years, she has been looking for someone with the same spark she has for life, and she believes that she will find her soul mate on ‘The Bachelorette.’” Continue Reading…

Liking Facebook’s IPO Could Be Problematic For Retail Investors

Liking Facebook’s IPO Could Be Problematic For Retail Investors: The buzz over Facebook’s forthcoming IPO has been propelled at least in part by retail investors hoping for a piece of the social media giant’s predicted $75 billion to $100 billion valuation.

But when the company’s stock eventually hits trading floors, Facebook fans who want to get in on the company’s initial public offering are likely to feel as left out as the Winklevoss twins.

Google’s 2004 IPO was conducted via a complicated auction process intended to level the playing field between big trading firms and the little guys. Absent such an arrangement, the advantage tends to go to the players with the most trading volume and money.

By the time your average online brokerage customer can get his or her hands on a stock like Facebook, it’s probably going to already be on an upward trajectory. And those investors hoping to buy on a dip should think twice.

Last year’s spate of tech IPOs saw the stock of companies such as LinkedIn and Zynga put on an initial bounce before stabilizing. However, the hype surrounding Facebook’s IPO has been building for so long that the stock price could stay elevated for longer than other recently debuted tech stocks, analysts say. Continue Reading…