Post article about the race to create a Viagra for women – and its critics

GREAT article today in the Washington Post about the 10th anniversary of Viagra’s FDA approval, the race to create a "pink Viagra" (Viagra for women) and the critics of the medicalization of sexuality. Here is one particular quote I found interesting:

"Tiefer’s critique centers, in part, on the way that pink Viagra is sure to be marketed — with ads day and night, suggesting that women who aren’t feeling frisky have a medical problem. She and her allies — organized as the New View Campaign — are also galled that so much money and media attention are heaped on the lust drug, even before it exists, when for many women the solution to their libido problems isn’t that exotic. Maybe they have a partner who hasn’t a clue about technique.Maybe they’re stressed out. Maybe they can’t possibly get in the mood because they’re so busy raising children. Therapy, counseling, even free day care, says the New View Campaign, might do more for women’s sex lives than any drug company ever could."

Read the full article by David Segal – titled "A Dose of Desire" – on the Washington Post’s web site.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.