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Female Viagra – Pseudo-Cure For Fucked Up Civilization

The Washington Post informs us about flibanserin:

A German pharmaceutical giant wants to sell a drug with the decidedly unsexy name "flibanserin," which has shown prowess for sparking a woman's sexual desire by fiddling with her brain chemicals.

Viagra for women if you want. Pseudo-cure for fucked up civilization.

I'm not going to say that this is a bad thing. As Regina Lynn said:

if it works, think of all those individuals who will be quietly humming and smiling as they go about their daily business, basking in the glow of renewed passion, closeness, and intimacy. We’ll be way too relaxed to worry about whether we have just allowed a pharmaceutical company to dictate to us what “normal” is and to sell us a medicine to make sure we meet their criteria.

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But I want to take a deeper look at this. It is true that so many women in our civilization need the magic pill to boost their libido. The need for that pill comes from centuries of systematic induction of guilt over the pleasure, especially in women. Like that crime, both against each women that was affected by it and against our civilization and humanity as a whole, is not enough. Now some pharmaceutical company comes deux ex machina to make profit out of something that shouldn't happen in the first place. 

We have sick religions that find sex sinful. Our education doesn't talk about sexuality beside few crappy notions about reproduction. Our pornography is mostly trash. Parents are ashamed to mention sex in front of their kids. Sources of knowledge and inspiration are censored this way or another. Too many people are finding their business in other people's bedrooms, ready to declare them guilty or immoral. There are even laws that prohibit sex in some forms, combinations or situations. No wonder that people have problems with libido. And then comes the magic pill to fix all that.

I am not surprised. Western medicine is famous for its tendency to fix the symptoms instead of curing the source of the illness. And Western civilization is famous for its fondness of quick solutions. I’m not saying that women shouldn’t take the pill if they need it. But we should think if that pill is the symptom of our ill culture, education and attitude towards sexuality.

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2 comments to Female Viagra – Pseudo-Cure For Fucked Up Civilization

  • Ivanova Shostakovich

    I think it is up to each individual to decide whether they think the FDA is their friend… or anybody's friend. There is plenty of evidence to help them decide.

  • dandellion

    Yes, but the problem is that FDA is not going to let people decide. If they decide something is not good one can get behind the bars for using it. And we know they have abused that power too many times. 

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