Female Viagra: A major miscalculation?

A Canadian pharmaceutical company is forking over $1 billion for what some are calling the new female Viagra drug in what may be one of the biggest investment mistakes in a long time.

One doctor interviewed on a newscast tonight pointed out that the drug doesn’t really do much at all in the way of stimulating a woman’s sex drive, and it has potential harmful side effects.

But even if the drug worked well and had no side effects, the pharmaceutical company has surely overestimated the sexual desire of women — particularly older women, probably seen as the potential customers. Most older women will tell you that sex is not all that important in our lives, and that we would we just as soon snuggle with our loved ones than pop pills and make out like rabbits.

It’s Older Womanhood 101.

But even if older women wanted to take the drug and have sex, sex, sex and more sex, what are the odds their long-time husbands would want to oblige them?

Let’s be honest: men and women who have been married to each other for a long time probably don’t want to have sex very often — at least, not with each other.

I suspect that many of the people who support the production of this drug are men, who are┬áthinking like men┬áthinking of younger mistresses (who probably doesn’t need the new sex pill) . . .

But here’s a tip for the guys: Don’t think this gets you off the hook for a romantic candlelit dinner in a French restaurant, wines, roses and, say, a diamond or two.

Just sayin’ . .

— Jillian

6 thoughts on “Female Viagra: A major miscalculation?

  1. Leak. What is the percentage of older women on Ashley Madison? But we knew this was a scam right from the start. Right? Founder is now a gadzillionaire %|

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  2. Overestimated the sexual desire of women? I doubt it. Our culture descends from one that invented the idea that women are interested in sex only in order to have babies that will then fulfil their lives. It’s an absurd concept. Lots of women enjoy sex quite a lot for itself.

    Sex not important to older women? Physically, women don’t even hit their most responsive sexual peak until their mid thirties. I’m into my 40s and it hasn’t lost any importance to me yet, and I don’t foresee it doing so anytime soon. It might have dropped if I’d been completely disillusioned by partners who disregarded what I actually want and need – I’ve had a few of those – or if I were inclined to buy into the belief that good girls don’t like sex. Or, possibly, if I were exhausting myself 24/7 trying to raise kids, manage a household, work, and possibly look after aging parents, in which case I could see sex ending up low on the priority list.

    There’s also a difference between desire and orgasm. Sadly, some years on antidepressants have left my ability to do the latter less reliable than it used to be. This is frustrating, but it hasn’t actually changed my interest in sex noticeably.

    I do think that the condition this is supposed to treat is being manufactured culturally. The “symptoms” – “an unexplained persistent lack of sexual thoughts, fantasies, responsiveness and desire to engage in sex, which causes personal distress” – strike me as either someone being inherently asexual but feeling intense social pressure not to be, or the consequences of a culture that constantly rams insane body image concepts and sexualization of everything down our throats while a substantial number of men (and some women) still couldn’t find a clitoris with a road map.

    And I think that the assumption that a pill is somehow going to make a difference, when there is abundant evidence that female desire is an extremely complex thing with multiple factors involved, is rather stupidly simplistic. The stats on improvement are rather pathetic, and the side effects are nasty and potentially lethal, especially if some jerkoff decides to try dropping it in your drink at a bar in hopes of making you mindlessly horny.

    My thought? The whole concept is a money grab, which is going to work despite the risk to women’s health and a probable lack of real success, because of the social pressures put on women. You want to improve sex for women and increase their interest? Encourage women to masturbate and figure out what feels good, teach men to actually listen instead of putting their own egos and desires first (there are some, but they’re a minority), and free women’s minds to be and feel whatever comes naturally to them, including being asexual or remaining highly sexual even post menopause and onwards.

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    1. Excellent. I quite agree. Money grab it is. Nice to see there are people like yourself who recognize how woefully human sexuality has progressed despite our ability to do or attempt just about everything else. And until such a period, which we may not achieve as the evidence supports, since we have not over 40K years, it will remain only for “the liberated few” who manage to live and experience that enlightenment. Considering we will be > 10B by 2050 the odds do not seem good ^

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