Is she a nymphomaniac? Filmmaker Lars von Trier is reigniting debate on the subject with his controversial new film, Nymphomaniac. The story of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who recounts her erotic experiences, the film consists of four hours of explicit sex. Publicity posters depict the naked A-list cast in orgasmic release, ensuring controversy prior to its Christmas Day release in Copenhagen. This controversy is bad for women. Leeches, borax and bed rest Descriptions of nymphomania first appeared in the s. The male version of the diagnosis, satyriasis, was rarely applied; it was hard to imagine men wanting too much sex. But the powerful sexuality of the nymphomaniac posed a threat to civilisation. As the German sexologist, Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebbingdeclared in : Woe unto the man who falls into the meshes of such an insatiable Messalina, whose sexual appetite is never appeased.
Femininity Women with persistent genital arousal disorder: 'People hear orgasm and they assume it's a good thing' Sufferers of PGAD can feel constantly on the brink of an orgasm. One affair they all share is pain, after that distress at the way their acclimatize is covered in the media Kim Ramsey, who has lived with PGAD for six years: 'It feels akin to you're out of control. It reads more like the title of a film on YouPorn than the advantage of an article about a devastating medical condition. More often than not, PGAD sufferers are treated as hypersexual oddities.