“Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it bring forth death” (James 1: 14 – 15).
provides straightforward (and nonjudgmental) advice for “men and women of all walks of life who struggle with addictions to pornography, masturbation, cybersex, and similar sexual practices.” There are also sites specifically for women.
Self-control and moderation were central to the health of both men and women, but women’s presumably milder sexual appetite meant that any signs of excess might signal that she was dangerously close to the edge of sexual madness.” Headlines still support this belief that one false step will send a “normal” woman spiraling into an over-sexed state.
Addiction, including sexual addiction (for our purposes, nymphomania) is “seen as an overactive desire sense, that has gone way beyond normal limits.” (Image: movie poster for sale at moviegoods.com) While the idea of nymphomania has it’s obvious attractions, it can actually be very dangerous (and expensive).In another recent case, a nymphomaniac became the victim of her doctor’s inappropriate bedside manner; he lost his license when he started paying house calls to his nymphomaniac patient.(“Indian-origin Oz doc gets deregistered for having sex with ‘nymphomaniac’ patient”, Asian News International [ANI]).(Painting: Nymphs and Satyr, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Wikipedia.) The book “Nymphomania, A History” describes how Victorian doctors feared that “eating rich food, consuming too much chocolate, dwelling on impure thoughts, reading novels, or performing “secret pollutions”…overstimulated women’s delicate nerve fibers and led to nymphomania.” They were so worried about these delicate nerve fibers that “one critic even feared that the use of the speculum itself might so excite a woman’s passions that it could cause nymphomania” (Carol Groneman, Nymphomania A History).