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Is Harvey Weinstein a sex addict?

Men caught up in scandals often claim to be sex addicts, but does that even exist? The science is debatableAnother day, anotherpowerful man embroiled in a sinister sexual scandal decades in the making. This time it ’s powerfulHollywood figure Harvey Weinstein. The moral, ethical and political aspects of this whole mess have been covered extensively elsewhere, and will no doubt continue to be so over the coming days and weeks.However, recent reports suggest that Weinstein haschecked himself into a European rehab clinic for sex addiction. This has been met with some not-inconsiderable cynicism, but, even if it is true, wondering whether Weinstein is a sex addict overlooks a more fundamental question: isanyonea sex addict? Because that diagnosis, as commonplace as it may seem,is far from established psychiatric fact.Continue reading...
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