In Bed, Show 232
I'm back on the mike!— my first new audio show of 2006.
Have you seen the recent Business news-stories about Viagra taking a dive? The reporters note that after years of steady growth, sales of Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs have leveled off.
I have a pet theory why such a popular drug would go flat: Given the opportunity to have "x" number of orgasms, or to have sex a guaranteed number of times of week, with whatever floats their boat, people inevitably discover that their initial desire does not match what they really want. It's the "eyes are bigger than your stomach" sensation.
Viagra has been flogged to men of all ages as if it was a necessity, dating insurance, the only way to have a sure-fire sex life, an instant party in a pill, etc.
Yet in real life, people found it didn't work that way. And it's not because it's a technical failure, it's because it doesn't take in account people's emotional relationship to their sexual desire, why they want sex in the first place.
Of course it's been wonderful for some men, with some partners, at some times in their lives, but the Pfizer hype has been much more than that. I've heard from so many people saying they have a bottle in their cabinet but they just don't find themselves using it as they thought they might. One woman wrote me to ask how she could "make" her husband take his Viagra, and here's the thing: you can't. I don't care how many Superbowl ads the pharmco's take out.
What do you think?
I got some great letters in my New Year's mailbox, too. The first one is from a woman who says her boyfriend just won't open his mouth for anything - literally or figuratively. I offer my schemes on how to loosen his tongue...
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