Sex Therapy in a Cultural Context
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Binik and Meana (2009) should be thanked for their controversial (provocative?) essay that prompted a number of colleagues (the authors of this comment included) to rethink some of the assumptions about sex therapy that are usually left unquestioned. In their essay, Binik and Meana eloquently argue that sex therapy never possessed a differentia specifica that would legitimate its claim to uniqueness and its distinctiveness from general psychotherapy. From there, Binik and Meana proceeded to advocate a quiet (and, presumably, self-inflicted) death of sex therapy, regarding it as a necessary sacrifice for a greater good—a unified, biopsychosocial approach to treating sexual health problems. Simply put, Binik and Meana assert that the existing sex (psycho)therapy blocks a more integrated and, therefore, a more efficient interdisciplinary enterprise.
We agree with Binik and Meana that there is very little that makes sex therapy a unique enterprise, particularly if this issue is approached...
KeywordsSexual Health Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Problem Sexual Disorder Sexual Health Issue
- Binik, Y. M., & Meana, M. (2009). The future of sex therapy: Specialization or marginalization? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38. doi: 10.1007/s10508-009-9475-9.