It was reported yesterday that Sandra Bullock's husband Jesse James, the latest celebrity caught in multiple affairs, has gone to a rehabilitation center which treats sex addiction.
He joins a recent list of such rehab attendees as Tiger Woods and former ESPN analyst Steve Phillips.
It seems that whenever a married man gets caught in flagrante these days, a trip to rehab is the penance du jour. I suppose there are worse ways to demonstrate contrition.
But why did no one ever suggest this to some of the more notorious womanizers of the past? Such as Pablo Picasso? Or Jack Nicholson? Or Silvio Berlusconi? Or John F. Kennedy? Or Bill Clinton?
Mick Jagger, despite his age, is still quite the tomcat; perhaps he could benefit from such treatment as well. It's not too late!
Evidently 8% of all the men in a large region of Asia (and 0.5% of all the men in the world) are direct descendants of Genghis Khan. Genghis evidently enjoyed conquest in all its forms. This quote gives a sense of his personality: "Man's highest joy is in victory: to conquer one's enemies, to pursue them, to deprive them of their possessions, to make their beloved weep, to ride on their horses, and to embrace their wives and daughters."
How would Genghis have reacted if one of his Mongol Horde had helpfully suggested that he be cured of his desire to have many women? Somehow I can't imagine him stroking his beard and saying, "Hmm, what a wise idea."
(Of course, they didn't believe in community property back in those days, either.)
If Tiger and Jesse were serious about getting rehabbed, they'd agree to chemical castration, just like all those paroled child molesters. Otherwise it's just a ridiculous dog and pony show.
(This is not a suggestion, by the way, that they do that.)