Lately, I have been coming across reports about a new drug that is supposed to enhance female libido. The latest article, and the most reputable, comes from the BBC and adds another claim - that it decreases appetite. Women as slim sex kittens. Does this remind anyone of anything?
For now, the drug has only been tested on monkeys and shrews, so frankly, it's not really an issue just now. What worries me in this context is the easy solution idea. There, you take the pill and all is fixed. Ta-DA! While I am sure that if this drug reaches the market it will certainly help people who would otherwise not be helped, I am concerned that it will "help" a whole bunch of people who, rather than pills, need some attention for their relationship and normal, healthy eating habits and exercise. To extend that point, I firmly believe that while this drug undoubtedly addresses a real need, it presents itself as a medical shortcut for what is mostly a social problem. Unhealthy eating habits, well, we all know that the contrast between the sedentary lifestyles and food on offer in the mainstream and the image of beauty projected in the media is enough to drive anyone to drink, never mind pills.
There is so much pressure on relationships for people right now - you are expected to juggle jobs, your family, an active social life and then have the energy at the end of the day to do that sex kitten thing as well. Something has to give sometime, and it depends on every couple what it is that gives. I think most of us need more time rather than more pills. Perhaps fewer pills, considering how birth control can affect women's libido. I hate to say it, but perhaps what it takes is mostly fewer demands on either party's time, and perhaps a glass of wine to help withstand the pressure of society.
It is really not easy, dealing with societal pressure, and this is really where I think all of us need help* especially the women. Can't we get a pill for that?
*speaking for myself, I really struggle with my self-image and my weight, even though I know that my weight and eating habits are normal and healthy, and that what I really need is exercise. Taking into account that I don't watch much tv and don't read beauty magazines, I wonder how women who do get through the day.