Comment: What makes a woman 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.
Labelling a woman with active sexual desires a nymphomaniac continues an age-old tradition of pathologising women’s sexuality – a tradition that needs to be discarded.