“Hypersexual Disorder” came very close to being added to the DSM-V, the controversial fifth edition of the standard psychiatric diagnostic manual, released earlier this year. That is the official term for what's sometimes referred to as "sex addiction."
Though it may not be officially recognized as a disorder, hypersexuality or sex addiction—call it what you will—is typically portrayed in the realm of men. The disparity is striking and important. Fictional sex addicts, like those seen on the show "Desperate Housewives," and in the recent films "Shame" and "Thanks for Sharing," are almost always men. So it is perhaps not surprising that research about sex addiction among women is scarce.