Tiger Woods really is in sex rehab.
The British papers went haywire with the news that Tiger Woods is in sex rehab. One even had it as their front page story. Which for something that was pretty obvious was going to happen (oh, come on, we all knew Tiger was going to end up in rehab didn’t we?) seems excessive.
The skulking Tiger: Golf superstar tracked down at sex addict clinic
Half the fun of these sorts of stories is trying to guess which bad pun they’ll use in the headline.
Some don’t bother of course:
Tiger Woods: First picture of shamed golfer at sex clinic emerges
Shamed is always a good word for tabloid headlines don’t you think?
Some stories almost write themselves:
ANGRY patients at a sex clinic where Tiger Woods is receiving rehab have accused the star of getting VIP treatment. The world’s richest sportsman has spent three weeks at the remote centre in Mississippi in a bid to cure his rampant lust.
Fancy that, the world’s richest sportsman gets VIP treatment?
Tiger Woods attempts to get back on course at sex clinic
Then the next day we had the inevitable second wave of articles. Yes, Tiger Woods is in sex rehab but is sex addiction really an addiction or disease?
Tiger Woods had treatment for it this week – we look at the reality behind sex addiction
As Tiger Woods is revealed to be spending £40,000 to ‘cure’ an overactive libido, we ask if his condition is an illness or a convenient excuse for adultery.
Great minds obviously think alike:
For celebrities such as Tiger Woods, checking into a sex addiction clinic seems to be the norm these days when you have been accused of infidelity. But is it a real medical condition – or simply a convenient excuse?
As a purely personal observation I’d say this looks a lot more like religion than it does disease or illness. The details of the “treatment” include no sex at all (not even self-pleasuring and what’s the world coming to when a sporting god and near billionaire is not allowed to play with himself) for several months, an open and detailed revealing of transgressions to his wife and a public appeal for forgiveness.
All of which reminds of nothing so much as the Catholic sacrament of confession. Confession, repentance and penance being what makes up that, all of which are there in this treatment.
It would seem that, looked at this way, the problem is not that Tiger Woods is a sex addict nor that his treatment is anything medical at all. Rather, he’s transgressed in the eyes of society (“sinned” to use an older word) and thus needs to publicly confess, repent and do penance. It’s all a great deal more religious than medical.