What were they thinking!? Why people make sex tapes

Kendra Wilkinson and Chelsea Handler are just two of the latest in a long line of celebrities and politicians who have had the existence of their sex tapes revealed to the public. We’re working on a story about why people make such tapes, a practice that has been attributed to any or all of the following reasons: narcissism, exhibitionism, voyeurism, self-destruction and career advancement. We’ll discuss all of these personality and behavioral topics in an update to this post, coming soon.

According to Chelsea Handler, her sex tape “…was made as a joke. I put it on an audition tape for a comedy club, because I’m a comedienne, and I’ve been showing it at birthday parties for (expletive deleted) years!”

If you’re considering  making a sex tape, we’ll also report on eight suggestions for minimizing or avoiding the problems that come with them.

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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