Obsessive Sex and Love

in Obsession

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226137827
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226137797 | DOI:
Obsessive Sex and Love

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This chapter shows that models for organizing sexual obsession and excess are heavily dependent on particular viewpoints of society at given times. There is, however, a consistent trend of trying to determine what is normal sexuality so that excessive and/or obsessive sexuality can be described and proscribed. Even in ages that seem to endorse a purely descriptive approach to sexuality, the regulatory mechanisms come into clear focus when we look at the edges of what is thought to be normal sexuality. The mechanisms to describe how sexuality is excessive and obsessive are infused with obsessive attention themselves. Their impulse to describe etiology, diagnosis, and cure remains largely impressionistic and confused. Yet these attempts are taken quite seriously in some circles and continue to provide thriving models for the sexual addict, the stalker, the pedophile, among others—models which themselves enter into the cultural and aesthetic sphere bearing the contradictions of the weak theories that are meant to explain these varieties of human experience.

Keywords: sexuality; sexual obsession; sexual excess; societal views

Chapter.  16559 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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