Yes, nothing cures “sex addiction” like a ranch retreat!
As reported in the New York Post, disgraced politician, New York City mayoral flop, and all-around creepy dude Anthony Weiner is getting help for his pervy proclivities at the “Recovery Ranch” in Nunnelly, Tennessee.
Among the therapeutic treatments for “sex addicts” is equine therapy. I’m imaging the other ones — sex positive lanyard weaving, toxic shame sing-a-longs, canoeing with pedophiles… (feel free to add your own in the comments).
The Post reports:
The center’s equine therapy “involves caring and interacting with horses in ways that provide valuable lessons in accountability and in how we relate to others,’’ the site says.
Interacting with horses for accountability? How does that work?
Anthony: Do I look sexy in this riding helmet?
Anthony: I was thinking about sexting that hot middle-schooler. Whaddya think?
TRIGGER: (Stomps hoof and snorts.)
Anthony: I like how you don’t judge me, Trigger.
So how did Anthony Weiner wind up at the Recovery Ranch anyway? (Aside from the fact that the only known cure for fictitious sex addiction appears to be exorbitantly expensive ranch retreats?) Well, in a total coincidence, Weiner’s now therapist, Robert Weiss, wrote a super understanding post at HuffPo last September — Does Anyone Out There Feel Sorry for Anthony Weiner?
(Weiss actually raises his hand — I do! I do!)
He writes about Weiner:
This means that he is someone whose entire life and sense of self have become wrapped up in finding sexual and romantic validation at any cost — even to the detriment of everything he likely holds dear. And he doesn’t seem to be able to stop himself. Thus, I can’t help but feel empathy for his self-created losses.
I don’t know. Weiner seems to have mustered enough self control to run for mayor of New York City. I mean, he wasn’t flinging his dick around during televised debates. Funny how this “unable to stop himself” thing is only a part-time disability.
“Is he a sex addict? I mean everything about him seems to tell that story.” Not having assessed Mr. Weiner, that is a question I cannot accurately answer. However, I can definitively say that Mr. Weiner’s over-the-top sexual behavior, brazenly and repeatedly acted out over the past several years, appears to be a tragic textbook example of sexual addiction, either poorly treated or not treated at all. So whether Mr. Weiner is a pure narcissist or a profoundly emotionally wounded sex addict, I can say that the way his story has played out in front of us all is very clearly the face of sex addiction as I know it.
Ooh! I know the answer! Profoundly emotionally wounded sex addict! “Narcissist” is such a judge-y word. So demonizing. Not much hope for those Cluster Bs. But sex addicts? They respond to $35,000 three-week ranch retreats!
Interesting tidbit, Weiss studied with Patrick Carnes, head quack of the sex addiction movement — those lovely people who think spouses need to share responsibility for their partner’s “addiction.” A nice fuck off letter to Carnes about that can be read here.
Well, meanwhile, Anthony Weiner seeks the cure. I wonder how long he’ll be out in those woods? Good luck with that.
Photo credit: New York Post