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August 28, 2010

Sex Rehab: Celebrity Style

Sex rehab. Rehabilitation for people addited to sex. (Insert … “insert” jokes here, I guess.) David Duchovny, Tiger Woods, Jesse James … countless others too, I’m sure. The first time I heard the term “sex rehab” was after David Duchovny and Tea Leoni announced a temporary split, due to his inability to keep it in his pants. Last I heard, David and Tea were patching their relationship following a stay at a rehab clinic to deal with his addiction to sex and a public statement apologizing to Tea and the kids. *sigh*

Most recently, Jesse James has been in the spotlight for cheating on wife Sandra Bullock with four, possibly five, possible who knows how many other women. Gross-looking, overly-tattooed, possibly-siliconed, probably-STD-riddled women who weren’t Sandra Bullock. Nice move. Virtually everyone is on Team Sandra, so naturally Jesse has moved into a rehab clinic for sex addiction following a public statement apologizing to Sandra and his kids.

Ah, Tiger … Tiger Woods’ big moment in the spotlight, going from Boy Wonder Golfer to Sex Fiend With A Rough Side. Eww. I think the “final count” was somewhere around 14 women, but who really knows? Sponsors cancelled contracts, Elin took the kids and left, and Tiger went to sex rehab following a public statement apologizing to Elin and their kids, and the fans. He’s not a bad guy – he has a problem!

Forgive me for sounding cynical, but I for one am tired of all of this nonsense. Man is in a monogamous relationship, man has an affair (or several), man is disovered to be a lying, cheating scumbag. Man makes public apology (cue tears, praise for “strong” partner) and scurries off to rehab. Everyone sighs with relief, “Oh, see? He’s not a bad person. He has an addiction to getting lucky. Whew!”

The public apologies make me sick. The tearful press conferences, promises to focus on the marriage, praise for strong partners, pretending to care about the kids – enough already. If you cared about your partner and your children, you would have kept it in your pants. Being a celebrity does not mean you have a Get Out Of Jail Free card from your marriage vows. Going into sex rehab does not give you a fresh start. Making a dramatic public apology does not mean you’re actually sorry, nor does it automaticallyl grant you forgiveness.

What is most alarming, too, are the accounts that some of these “sex addicts” are not using condoms. That, right there, is completely unforgivable as far as I’m concerned. Bad enough that they cheated on the people they supposedly love, but they also exposed them to any number of sexually transmitted diseases. In a marriage, you should not have to worry about whether or not your partner has picked up HIV or the Herpes virus; but now, these burned women have to deal with two issues at once: the heartache caused by the men they loved, and the possibility that they may have an STD. Disgusting.

Easier said than done, I know, but these men need to be kicked to the curb, permanently; sex rehab or no sex rehab, serious bonds have been broken, apparently multiple times. All the public apologies in the world can’t erase the hurt and embarrassment they’ve caused their partners, and the potential dangers to which they’ve exposed them. Ew.




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