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Top 10 Facts About Nymphomaniacs

10. No Boys Allowed

Did you know that the term nymphomania only applies to females? The male counterpart is

called satyriasis. Both words are inspired by Greek mythology: nymphs areminor deities

represented as beautiful maidensand satyrs arewoodland creature[s] depicted as having

the pointed ears, legs, and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry.”

I guess thats where the termhornycomes from?

Why are we all familiar with the termnymphoand notsatyro”? Is it because a woman

who is unable to control her sexual desires is more exciting or more newsworthy than a

man with the same problem? More likely, its because a willingness to engage in constant

sexual activity is considered normal when it comes to men. In fact, historically, the

female problem of nymphomania has been taken much more seriously than the male counterpart.

Treatments have includedcold baths, bromide sedatives, cauterization and, yes, clitoridectomy

(Peter Green, “All Sexed Up”, Los Angeles Times). (Painting: Nymphs and Satyr, William-Adolphe

Bouguereau, Wikipedia.)

9. Too Much Of A Good Thing?

The bookNymphomania, A Historydescribes how Victorian doctors feared thateating

rich food, consuming too much chocolate, dwelling on impure thoughts, reading novels, or performing

secret pollutions” (masturbating)… overstimulated womens 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 womans passions

that it could cause nymphomania” (Carol Groneman, Nymphomania A History). Obviously

this critic was a man and had never had a pap smear!

8. Its All In Her Head

The same book quoted above also states that Phrenologists of the same time period thought

an enlarged cerebellumindicated inordinate sexual appetite.” A visit to

confirms that there are still people who believe in this study of head shapes. Phrenologists

believe thatthe faculty concerned with physical love and sexual attraction [is] on

the lower back of the head, behind the ears.” The bigger your cerebellum, the bigger the

back of your head- meaning you literally have too much sex in the brain. In contrast, The

Encyclopedia of Psychology states thatscientists now recognize that the shape of the skull

does not relate to the shape of the brain.”

If youre a nymphomaniac you can decide for yourself: is that bump on the back of

your head from your enlarged cerebellum or from repeated knocks against headboards, car

interiors, and airplane bathroom walls?

7. Yesterdays Nymphomaniacs Are Todays Sex Addicts

The termnymphomaniacornymphois no longer recognized in the medical world.

According to health.discovery.comthe termis not scientifically meaningful simply because

there are no specific criteria that would define a nymphomaniac. In other words, there

isnt a way to determine how much sexual desire or activity is too much.” Instead,

a person whose sex drive is obsessively high is calledhypersexual.” Other words used

aresexual addictionandcompulsivity.”

No longer used by medical professionals, the term nymphomaniac is still in use in our vocabulary. defines a nymphomaniac asa horny girl. Not to be confused with

slut or skank where ones sexual dignity is pathetically low, nymphomania is simply

related to an abnormally high sex drive.”

Abnormal is the key word here. Research has shown that onlyabout 8% of the total population

of men and 3% of women are sexually addicted [nymphomaniacs]” (

6. Nymphos Are Sick

Back to Carol Gronemans book Nymphomania, A History:

In the Victorian period, both doctors and the patients who sought medical help believed

that strong sexual desire in a woman was a symptom of disease. Self-control and moderation

were central to the health of both men and women, but womens 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 anormalwoman

spiraling into an over-sexed state. Last month the Daily Star reported that a woman was claiming

that a fall from her Wii Fit board turned her into a nymphomaniac (Emma Wall, “Nintendo

Wii Made Me a Nympho!”, Daily Star). Apparently nymphomania can be a sports injury as well.

In another recent case, a nymphomaniac became the victim of her doctors 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 withnymphomaniacpatient”,

Asian News International [ANI]).

5. Nymphomaniacs Are Not Great Girlfriends

A nymphomaniac girlfriend might only be great material for a movie, a letter to Playboy,

or a fantasy. Real life isnt as fantastic: at worst they have a serious medical condition;

at best they are exhausting

Here is some handy advice from a website called

Get what you can out of your relationship with a nymphomaniac womanand be prepared

to cut your losses in a hurry, and move onsleep with her quickly, and then vanish into

thin air as if you were never there to begin with.”

What lovely advice! Im sure all of you single ladies out there want this gentlemans

phone number… (Image: By Its Cover Check this site out if you love classic pulp fiction!)

4. Nymphomania Is A Sin

Nymphomania is not condoned in the bible. “Then when lust has conceived, it gives

birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it bring forth death” (James 1: 1415)

provides straightforward (and nonjudgmental) advice formen 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. Dirtygirlsministries.comis

a Christian anti-pornography ministry created to help women struggling with pornography


According to filmmaker and sex addict (his 2006 film is calledI Am A Sex Addict”)

Caveh Zahedi,“Theres the idea in Hinduism of a negative path to GodInstead of doing

good, you do really badAnd arguably sin is a better path because you learn more deeply

what it is youre dealing with. They say the worst sinners make the greatest saints.”

(Kevin B. Lee, Caveh Zahedi: Interview With A Sex Addict, Slant Magazine.) (Infographic:

3. Nymphomania Is Not A Sin

Alfred Kinsey said, “the only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform

and some religions see nymphomania as a route to redemption or a celebration of


Check out, whose mission isto teach married women to walk in sexual

freedom with their husbands.” If, when you think of toys and church ladies, you think

of a nice elderly lady selling hand-knit doll clothes at a church bazaar, thetoy reviews

at this site might knock your socks off. You can also participate in weekly polls, such

asWhere is the most interesting place you would like to [make love] to your hubby?”

Q: Whats the best cure for nymphomania? A: M-A-R-R-I-A-G-E (

There is not really anygoodandbadin Buddhism; there are just actions

that bring us greater happiness and those that bring us greater pain,” explains Peter

Morrell in his articleA Buddhist View of Addiction” ( Addiction,

including sexual addiction (for our purposes, nymphomania) isseen as an overactive desire

sense, that has gone way beyond normal limits.” (Image: movie poster for sale at

2. Its Not All Fun and Games

While the idea of nymphomania has its obvious attractions, it can actually be very dangerous

(and expensive). Also, while celebrity sex addicts make headlines and it all seems very

exciting, I think its important to note that60% of sexual addicts were abused

by someone in their childhood.” (Roschbeth Ewald, “Sexual Addiction,”

(Image: By Its Cover)

Here are some negative consequences of sexually compulsive behavior:

Exposure to sexually transmitted diseases Debt

Legal problems Damaged relationships (marriage, friends,

family) Interference with your work and social life

Loss of reputation Vulnerability to anxiety and depression

1. Nymphomaniacs Dont Even Enjoy Sex?!

I need sex for a clear complexion, but Id rather do it for love.” (Joan Crawford)

Think about it, if you are compelled to do something frequently, do you enjoy it? I mean,

I love eating chocolate as a treat, but if thats all I did all day long I think Id

get bored of the flavor pretty fast! So what if you cant stop eating chocolate, even

though you know youre hurting loved ones, your career, spending all your money, and

possibly even sending yourself straight to hell? (Image: movie poster for sale at

For many addicts, [it] becomes a way to numb out painful feelings, kill time or stop

feeling lonely, says Kelly McDaniel, licensed professional counselor in San Antonio, Texas,

and author of Ready to Heal: Women Facing Love, Sex and Relationship Addiction.” (Elizabeth

Landau, “When Sex Becomes An Addiction,”

Hmmmm, maybe I should start referring to myself as a chocolamaniac….

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