• Viagra For Women, New York style

    Earlier this month we mentioned the ongoing clinical tests on wonderdrug PT-141, which is being touted as "Viagra for women". It's going to be a while before it hits the market yet, but New York magazine has published a lengthy piece on the ramifications of what will happen when it finally arrives:

    The potential market for PT-141, in short, is all of us. And the potential transformation of the modern American sex life is no less sweeping. Consider the precedent: Just more than four decades ago, it was another drug’s arrival in the marketplace that triggered what would eventually be called the sexual revolution. Before the advent of the birth-control pill, sex and procreation had been eternally, inseparably linked. After it, the link was pretty much optional. Momentous things ensued: women’s liberation, gay rights, the abortion controversy, all of them arguably the Pill’s indirect consequences, all of them reverberating to this day. And if all that can follow from a drug that simply made pregnancy less a matter of fate than of choice—what then to expect from a drug that does the same thing to passion itself?

     

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