Five Reasons To Love Viagra

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It's the tenth anniversary of Viagra! And given this rare nexus of the pharmaceutical industry, the institutionalized sexism that so famously led insurers to reimburse the Viagra prescriptions of the same men whose girlfriends couldn't get their fucking birth control covered, and the gazillions of terabytes of Viagra-hawking spam clogging the world's fiber optic cables, we should probably be doing some sort of angry feminist rant about it. But I'm feeling counterintuitive today! (And also, um, sex-positive.) So instead I compiled 5 reasons we should all stop worrying and learn to love the little blue pill so beloved by Jack Nicholson and 30 million other men too old to be having threesomes.

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1. The story of Viagra starts in 1982 with a conference of urologists in Las Vegas at which one Dr. Giles Brindley decided to display off the effects of an injectible erectile dysfunction drug he was developing by brandishing his boner onstage. The doctors in the audience described his wang as long, thin, and grayish. It was the beginning of a reliable flow of fun, bizarre erectile dysfunction-related news stories and assorted stupid crap like this.?

2. Lots of dudes get prostate cancer. My dad, for one. Don't get me wrong, I do not want to think about my parents having sex. So I am going to end this entry before I get ahead of myself. I mean, when it all comes down, you're glad breast implants exist, aren't you?

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3. Viagra actually definitively solved a physical problem. How many modern pharmaceuticals can even say that? For every person you know whose, like, life was saved by Zoloft, you probably know five people whose insurance companies have spent thousands of dollars sampling an array of mood-altering drugs that left them crazy, panicky, suicidal, incapable of solving any underlying problems and/or completely devoid of the desire to have sex. And couldn't most of our first world problems be solved by a little more sex?

4. Viagra helped people talk about sex. Again, agreed: you didn't want to picture Bob Dole and Liddy having sex, but you probably didn't want to picture Ron Jeremy having sex either, and now you don't have to, because thanks to Viagra the adult entertainment industry no longer has to rely on gross freaks who happen to have massive boner-prolonging capabilities.The Viagra salesman memoir Hard Sell — which I actually read for some reason — is full of heartwarming stories about uptight Midwesterners being emboldened to talk to their doctors — and then, their neighbors! — about fucking. And what followed? Bible Belt vibrator parties, the repeal of the Texas sex toy ban, and... well, the term "va-jay-jay", but every revolution has its lame elements.

5. As long as I am going to get old, I would like to get laid. I mean, duh.

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Right, keep it up, everyone dissenting.. Male sexuality is disgusting, base, and perverse, right? Old men don't deserve sexual pleasure, because, my god, they're OLD! Just drag 'em out and shoot them, right? They should be satisfied enough watching price is right and playing cribbage! Old men are gross and have no right to sex! (Right, @talk2tehhand?)

(sarcasm end).

And to think women complain about men judging them solely on surface issues?

Ladies, Viagra is not an "orgasm pill". It is a remedy for a physical ailment, (yes, I know, ha ha, some ailment, the only purpose of the penis is to ridicule it) not a magical drug that makes sex phenomenal.. I even saw one poster referring X? Come on.

Can I ask why it's absolutely OK to debase male sexuality and basically give the attitude of "Hah, old guys can't get it up? Tough shit for them, those old horndogs!"

While I don't agree, the insurance companies argue that the reason for viagra vs birth control is because ED is a physical disease, whereas fertility is not a disorder. (I know, the "tough luck, don't fuck" idiots are piping up now.) They don't cover condoms or vasectomies either - but I don't hear anyone harping on that.

I, for one, would be first in line for the male BC pill, and would gladly pay for my GF's "female viagra".

If you're in such an uproar over birth control pills not being covered, please kindly drop the misandry and go look to your local church or religious zealot - there's where the actual fault lies. THEY are the ones who stopped Plan B from going OTC; THEY are the ones who think a "female viagra" would turn our moral society upside down.

I believe contraceptives should be covered under insurance for men and women (although it would cause already high insurance costs to go even higher; although many workers don't realize the cost since they're only paying 20% of their premiums and their employer covers the other 80%) - as should ED and fertility treatments.

But please, don't wrap this up in "patriarchical sexism." Who do you think it is us guys want to have sex with when we get older? Other old guys? You've been looking at lemonparty too much. Think a little please.