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Sent: 29 October 2012 11:11 To: CRITSEX@JISCMAIL.AC.UK Subject: Re: [CRITSEX] Female Hypersexuality/Sex Addiction Dear Manpreet Your email reads as if you are taking the existence of "sexual addiction" as a given. I consider this a social construction and a pathologising/disempowering one at that. Heroin is an addiction. Sex/ gambling etc are often pathologised in this way but in my opinion it is using the word "addiction" metaphorically. They are not addictions in the same way as a physical dependency. Of course it is possible to use sex/.computer games/collecting matchboxes, or anything else as an unhealthy avoidance of other issues but regarding these habits as addictions is really not helpful. Rant over. Regards David Hawley MA, MBACP (Snr Accred- retired) Gender Identity Counselling Training 1 Harley Street London W1G 9QD 07703 359488 http://www.gender-identity.co.uk<http://www.gender-identity.co.uk/>