Some study, others just do whatever it takes
August 26, 2008
WFMY News 2 North Carolina reported last week that BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is currently sponsoring a nationwide research study to determine if an experimental medication can increase women’s sexual desire. And the San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that a 61-year-old Japanese woman gave birth to her own grandchild, using an egg donated by her daughter. Debate over what constitutes sex drive and whether that has anything to do with procreation is swirling in the air like truth and lies around “16 year-old” female Chinese gymnasts.
“Sex drive in humans has very little to do with procreation although no sex drive at all tends to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy,” said Maj R. Geniuss, a pharmaceutical representative, who believes that prior to drug companies existence the universe had no history. “Humans and monkeys are the only creatures in nature who have sex for fun, all other species have sex only for procreation. This naturally leads to confusing questions about whether nature intended sex to be used for anything other than procreation, but we at Big Pharma really don’t care as long as we can sell drugs to increase sex drive if you want it, or cut it down if you don’t. We also don’t care if you never make up your mind. The market for uppers and downers for emotional management is good, so we think that products to ramp sex drive up and down will also be good. And I don’t mean that as male metaphor, although I suppose it could be used that way.”
Not everyone is as cavalier about sex, drugs and procreation as Geniuss is. “Having children, particularly the way the 61 year-old did, by giving birth to her own grandchild, has nothing to do with sex drive and everything to do with procreation,” said Jezebel Vondervan, a wonder of womanhood and achievement, whose fifteen children by fourteen different men is still a record in Tinytownn, Oregon. “I don’t care for sex and never did, but I like children and believe strongly that they are our future. I want a good future so I want lots of kids. I don’t care for men much though, but at this point in the evolutionary time window, they’re still needed if you want to get knocked up without a lot of expense. Not only do I not have to pay anyone for invitro fertilization, these guys usually will even pick up the drink tab and sometimes dinner. You stick to your mission and do what works.”
WFMY News 2 reported that approximately 40 million American women suffer from some type of sexual disorder, the most common being Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), sometimes referred to as low sex drive. BioSante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is currently sponsoring a nationwide medical research study, the Bloom Study, to determine if LibiGel, an investigational study medication, can increase women’s sexual desire.
The article said sexual activity has many health benefits and is an important part of relationships. But those with HSDD are rarely in the mood for intimacy. “Currently, there are no medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of low sexual desire,” said James A. Simon, MD, a LibiGel study investigator, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the George Washington University in Washington. “We know there is a tremendous medical need.” For more information on the Bloom Study, visit http://www.BloomStudy.com.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that surrogate births are extremely rare in Japan and banned by industry groups, but that didn’t stop a 61-year-old Japanese woman from giving birth to her own grandchild, using an egg from her daughter. “Both surrogate mother and baby were fine,” said Chihiro Netsu, a spokeswoman for Suwa Maternity Clinic in Nagano, northwest of Tokyo. Dr. Yahiro Netsu, who runs the clinic, has long defied national opposition to such procedures, arguing that they should be an option for women who are infertile.
The spokeswoman said the 61-year-old woman was believed to be the oldest surrogate mother in Japan, and news reports said she was the oldest woman to have given birth overall. The clinic refused to provide information such as the date of the birth or gender of the baby. At Suwa Maternity Clinic, eight surrogate mothers have given birth. Of them, four women have delivered babies using fertilized eggs from their daughters. Some pundits argue that humankind has evolved beyond procreation and should be focused on having fun.
“Only people have ‘I think therefore I am’ consciousness and only people and monkey’s have sex for fun in addition to procreation. It’s time that we humans evolve beyond the animals that only have sex for procreation, and beyond monkey’s who have it for fun and procreation. Humans should only be having sex for fun,” said Debbie Duz-Dallas, a mathematical theoretician who once postulated an orgasmic theory that broke the sound barrier. “We would stop over-population thereby reducing humankind’s footprint on the environment, and reduce our demand for earth’s resources. And sex can be highly physical and can be used for exercise and better health. I’m telling you we can upgrade the human race and stop global warming in one fell swoop. I’ll bet the Big Pharma folks will buy in.”
In related news, KARE 11 Twin Cities reported last week that a Cleveland High School teacher, in Houston, Texas was charged with prostitution after meeting a man in an online chat room and soliciting him in a downtown Houston hotel. Police said Laurie Ann Lewis, 38, was arrested Tuesday at the Four Seasons in an undercover sting. She was arrested after asking for $300 to perform a sexual act, police said. The Cleveland Independent School District said Lewis was “placed on paid administrative leave pending resolution of the matter.” No word on whether Lewis will transfer to Florida where teachers and students have sex together regularly, or whether her sex drive is solely tied to money, in which case she may transfer to Nevada.
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