Review Of ' Nymphomaniac ' Volumes I And II, Directed By Lars Von Trier

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=The film Nymphomaniac, Volumes I and II, directed by Lars von Trier, is the story of Joe, a woman with an insatiable sexual appetite, as told in first person narrative to a man who found her laying beaten in the street. Joe found her sexuality at a young age, frankly recalling, “I discovered my cunt as a two-year-old.” Her sexual exploits that follow, the high volume of lovers per day; her encounters that push the boundaries of societal normalcy; and, the problems that arise within her personal and professional life are poignantly described with shame. While symptoms that Joe exhibits would fall into a diagnosis of sexual disorder not otherwise specified under The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text rev.; DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000), in this paper, I will also discuss Kafka’s (2009) proposed and rejected diagnostic criteria for DSM-5 of hypersexual disorder. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10; World Health Organization [WHO], 1992) categorizes Joe’s disorder as excessive sexual drive. Due to the lack of a clear-cut diagnostic term within the DSM-IV-TR and the reluctance of therapists to apply a diagnosis of excessive sexual drive under the ICD-10 (Kingston & Firestone, 2008), for the purposes of this discussion, it is easiest to refer to Joe’s sexual urges and actions as “hypersexual disorder.” The proposed diagnostic criteria for Hypersexual Disorder was outlined as recurrent and intense

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