Gather 'round, dear readers, so I may tell you the tale of a lady from the UK who had boning on the brain nonstop for 10 years. But if she sounds like your dream girl now, just wait.
Going by the pseudonym Rose Bretécher, her story first came to light in an essay she penned for The Guardian. Rose suffers from "pure O," which contrary to popular opinion, is not a party drug commonly taken at raves. It comes from OCD — Obsessive Compulsive Disorder — where you experience purely the obsession. It's rare and harder to diagnose because it doesn't manifest with any of the compulsive behaviors we commonly use to identify it. Fresh off the heels of her recent book release, fittingly named Pure, her story is receiving renewed attention.
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Bretécher recounts the emotional journey of seeing sex literally everywhere. She'd look at someone sucking on a straw and see a penis. Sprawling mountain vistas would start to resemble genitals in her mind. At one point, she met Jake Gyllenhaal on a video shoot and "watched his face melt into a chubby vagina in [her] vision." Funny, we see a giant vagina when we look at him too.
Having constant explicit thoughts might sound hot, but it was anything but pleasurable. It caused her drop out of university and even contemplate suicide. But there's a light at the end of this dark, sexy tunnel. After consulting with multiple therapists, she found a treatment that actually helped keep those erotic visions at bay: porn.
That's right, there's a happy ending to this story at all. Watching absurd amounts of porn — literally hours per day for months — helped her desensitize herself and become more comfortable with the anxiety. Ultimately, Bretécher may never be completely obsession-free, but she's now able to go about her day to day without being constantly plagued by sexual thoughts.
Like I always say: further proof that porn solves all of our world's woes.
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