Acute Phallocentric Twitterosis

Just before boarding my flight home from Los Angeles yesterday, the news broke that embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner was going to enter rehab to seek "treatment" for the condition that caused him to tweet pictures of his genitals to various and sundry women on the Internet. Just about everyone in my feed had some version of this story--but none contained any clear explanation of what precisely the condition was that Weiner is being treated for. I doubt that Weiner himself much cares, since I assume this is a last, desperate attempt to hold onto his seat. But it seems he, or someone, should be required to explain what it is he's being treated for--because I'm skeptical there is such a condition. Still, it seems like there ought to at least be a name attached. So here's my suggestion: Acute Phallocentric Twitterosis.

If you've got a better term, I'm eager to hear it. Please post it in comments below. And if any doctors read this blog, I'd be especially curious to know if there is an actual medical malady that Weiner might be suffering from that would explain his behavior. Other than narcissism, I mean.

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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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