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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

blog 151. Sprouting madness...

A woman who doesn’t want sex (even if she is sick) is mad according to the pharmaceutical company Sprout. The FDA agree.

I couldn’t quite believe my ears last week when I heard that the FDA has approved this female libido pill called Addyi. It was turned down plenty before because it didn’t work (a minor glitch).  Plus it had (and still has) unpleasant side effects. But bless em – in the face of Cancer, Diabetes, Malaria and antibiotics that no longer work yada yada yada - good ol’ Sprout Pharmaceuticals persevered with their anti-party-pooper drug for those demented women who don’t always want sex.

But if that isn’t crazy enough, socially scary, controlling and misogynistic – what about the legal implications? It’s weird that America, of all places, hasn’t fried that one.
This pill for women, unlike Viagra for men, does not increase blood flow to the genitals. Addyi chemically alters the woman’s brain. Let me run that by you again - it makes a woman who doesn’t want sex think she does. So Viagra works by enabling men who want sex, but are physically incapable, to have it. The newly approved female version cures women who don’t want sex. Could there be any manifestation that better illustrates the backward steps we’ve taken in attitudes to women in this world?

And other drugs companies are working on more instant take-at-the-moment drugs for women that won’t – unlike Addyi – require daily consumption and abstention from alcohol. Yay. Thank heavens the pharmaceuticals industry have their priorities right.

One radio article I heard had a woman fronting the new drug. I presume for the same reason that 50 Shades of Grey was given to a woman to direct – to make the misogynistic crap more palatable.

My question is, if the sex drive is courtesy of Sprout pharma rather than the woman – where does that leave the thorny old issue of consent? Perhaps in a situation where a partner has been pressured into taking the drug.

The so called ‘dysfunction’ – even in America where dysfunction is trendy – purportedly affects about 8% of women in a very limited age range in a survey carried out by the drug company (so basically hardly anyone). You can only conclude this is a pill for partners to give their gals if the gals no longer fancy them. Though the pharmaceutical company set to make big bucks from the sale of this new wonder drug have funded ‘campaign’ groups to push this as some sort of feminist or equality issue – paralleling Addyi with male sexual dysfunction drugs. What can you say...

In the UK we are still reeling from recent stories of gangs of men in parts of the country grooming young girls for sex with impunity – for years.  I don’t need to go into the even darker uses this drug could be put to.

I can see why, in this SWAM led world when clearly there’s no shortage of blokes copulating, we got Viagra. (If you don’t know what a SWAM is scroll back three blogs to no148). But this new pill is some kind of off-the-scale craziness. It’s sick – in the real sense of the word. It’s beyond Stepford Wives (the cool 1975 version). Below is a list of some of the reasons given why these strange women may not be up for it;

Following surgery
Suffering from diabetes / cancer / arthritis
Suffering depression or stress
Or
Having previously been sexually abused.

Now – I may be being a bit of a weirdy killjoy here but looking at that list I think these are all plausible sensible reasons why a woman may not want to do sex and might instead be better off with a cup of tea, a biscuit and a cuddle. For society to be telling her that despite any of the above she should be feeling the urge and if not - here’s a pill - is bonkers and creepy and nasty.

Imagine if you broke your leg and someone said – never mind – for a while you may not feel like going for a jog but here’s a pill to make you think you want to.

In this world where young girls are increasingly easily preyed on by older men, trafficked, pressured by the internet to think they should be sexually active earlier and longer and basically always sexually available, this is just another nail in the coffin of sanity and self respect.

With my old lawyer head on I can even envisage a situation where, under the influence of this prescription drug, a woman’s consent at the time of intercourse could be queried. What are these nutters thinking of? The USA is famously litigious so I await with curiosity the first legal case for what I will term for the purpose of this blog Consensual Rape courtesy of Sprout and the FDA.

Would it be too forward of me to suggest that the people who made this drug should go F@*£& themselves and work on a cure for their profit driven idiocy.          

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