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Friday, May 09, 2008

The Big Lie: Part 2

“I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural,
wholesome things that money can buy.”
Steve Martin

Our Story, Already in Progress

Waaay back on April 4th, we started discussing the latest campaign by the pharmaceutical industry aimed at convincing us that science has found the perfect pill to fix everything from clearing up acne to making sex perfect (whatever that means).

It’s ever so tempting to think that medical science has a patented (and proven?) drug/pill and/or medical device that will increase a person’s sexual desire, longevity and pleasure, and the reason we want to believe in such a thing is because our culture is thoroughly steeped in an “everything right now” attitude about everything, especially when it comes to simple answers to complex questions. “Hmmm, if I take a pill, I won’t ever have to deal with looking at any of the other issues that are bothering me.” The pharmaceutical industry would have us believe that sexual problems are simply medical matters and basic plumbing, so they offer us magic pills and veiled promises of bigger beanstalks. But sexual concerns aren’t simple; they’re complicated. Why? Because every person’s sexuality is comprised of diverse and intricately interwoven layers; and like a snowflake, no two are exactly alike. Also, when you start adding pills into the mix, it’s important to keep in mind that no drug is completely without its side effects.

This Just In

Sexologists are on a mission to expose the kind of promotions that serve corporate profit rather than people's pleasure and satisfaction. We challenge the veracity of those views that reduce sexual experience to mere biology and thereby ignore the many dimensions of real life, real people and real relationships.

While some sexual concerns are the result of physiological factors, Sexologists have found that most are actually related to one or more aspects of our individual sexual lives. These concerns are quite real and deserve more than a cursory mention. Next week we’ll begin an in-depth discussion of the common origins of many sexual concerns.

Moms Rule!

I’m assuming your mother taught you to be a smart consumer: you don’t take things at face value, and you’re not afraid to ask the hard questions. That means if something sounds too good to be true, it’s probably not true. Well duh! Miracle diet pills that promise you’ll lose 10 pounds a week? We’re not buying. However, people tend to feel vulnerable when it comes to sex, so corporations have been highly successful in manipulating consumers (read: us) to spend, spend, $PEND our hard-earned money on a variety of substances. Think of that when you see an ad alleging that there’s a pill that will bring you sexual Nirvana! Be a wise consumer and take their promises with the grain of salt they deserve. Have you got a sexual concern? Do some investigating and figure out what’s really right for your individual situation.

Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who are mothers, have mothers, want to be mothers or know mothers. After all, without our mothers, where would we be today?

With Pleasure,

Dr. J


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