versus individual responsibility:
Medicalising a piece of bad behaviour
and removing an individual's autonomy,
as an excuse not to lay the blame.
It becomes, as well, a lucrative
employment area for those,
more than, willing to provide therapy.
So the discussion about Clinton and sexual addiction went.
A therapist, in therapy talk,
an addict, I am responsible
for what I do with my addiction,
how it affects others."
Using 'I' in this context is puzzling.
Does he mean that he too is addicted
or an empathic identifying with his patients?
(A therapeutic development in place of detachment and objectivity?)
No one, however, says about the role models given to develop maleness
in boys and men.
No one mentions, either, that it's what people become addicted to which
why these particular objects and behaviours of desire?
Do the objects of addiction reveal a culture and, via their relation to
class and so on, reveal the structure of that culture?
If we concede that some find
it difficult to abstain, some more easily addicted,
then why not a man addicted to listening to others; ironing; taking children
to school; washing their clothes; knitting; or basket making?