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« on: November 14, 2006, 12:10:56 PM »
... about men's health.

Just noticed that The Sports Network (plays on the tv at the gym) has about 20 viagra ads every hour.  Really.

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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2006, 12:22:47 PM »
If I were a guy, I would be severely embarassed about the very existence of those ads.
But since I'm not, they make me laugh so hard.... :lol:

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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2006, 12:23:44 PM »
That means they are targeting boomers who are beginning to have erection problems. Obviously both men and women start to have more problems in that part of their anatomy in midlife. In most cases I think it is a question of looking for a quick fix, instead of taking more time.

Some men do have serious erection problems, but often there is an underlying medical problem.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2006, 12:24:47 PM »
It's the one where all the women are dancing for joy.

I kinda liked the one where the woman painted her man as a virile sea captain me'self.

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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2006, 12:28:59 PM »
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That means they are targeting boomers who are beginning to have erection problems. Obviously both men and women start to have more problems in that part of their anatomy in midlife.


Even though I know that, they still make me laugh. Mais des fois je ris jaune. The ones with women dancing for joy kind of puzzle me, though.

Ever since 22 Minutes did a sketch on this, I can't get those images out of my mind.

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2006, 12:37:06 PM »
Yes, all of that is true, and it is evidence of capitalism's default choice of a pharmaceutical "quick-fix" approach to many problems. But I'm a little older to you, so this problem has come up ... or rather not.
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2006, 03:24:26 PM »
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The ones with women dancing for joy kind of puzzle me, though.



I haven't seen the ads, but those might puzzle me too, or even disturb me.

There's a difference between acknowledging that women have sexual desires and turning sexual desire into a form of commercialized coercion. The whole Viagra number feels very much like the latter to me.

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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2006, 03:36:49 PM »
I don't watch TV and have never been in a place (laundromat, salon, etc) where that video happened to be on, so I haven't seen it.

I'm not necessarily against ED drugs; I know some couples for whom they have practically been lifesavers. (The man had problems such as prostate surgery).  But there is a kind of fratboy "I scored" tone to some at least of the print adverts I've seen. Others were simply admonitions to discuss with their doctor what is a very sensitive problem for a lot of people - women too face similar problems of vaginal dryness etc.  Both conditions can result in a great loss of self-esteem, and destroy relationships.
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2006, 03:46:19 PM »
Well, the thing about the way Viagra et al are marketed reminds me of the way Vioxx was - it's an anti-inflammatory that might have been helpful to a specific set of people with gastric problems, but it was proposed as a solution to all pain problems. Turned out to set off heart attacks, unfortunately.

Viagra might be a solution for some men, but for others - I'm not even sure what to call it.  :? It's advertising run amok, though.



ETA: ah, just remembered the name of the other drug: Levitra.

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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2006, 04:01:26 PM »
Levitra and Cialis are the other two well-known ED treatment drugs.

Oh, there is irresponsible marketing for many medications, including anti-depressant and weight-loss drugs. I doubt any of us are really surprised, no?
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2006, 06:27:29 PM »
Sheesh. CBC is running a Viagra ad that shows women in the throes of ecstasy, sliding down bannisters, dancing in the street, waving from the back entrances of streetcars, all something to do, I suppose, with  getting 'lucky' last night and their man is using Viagra. Bad taste, yet funny, in a way, I suppose. Yuck. :pukey:

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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2006, 06:39:34 PM »
I remember a similar add that was all happy men. Perhaps they got complaints that it sounded as if it was all about the guy's pleasure.

Admit it - it is a hard subject (sorry) to advertise properly. I kind of don't blame them for the light-hearted approach. People of both sexes can be devastated by sexual dysfunction.
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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2006, 06:45:45 PM »
A man is making tea when his teapot shatters, spraying boiling water all over his abdomen and thighs.  When he arrives at the hospital, his legs are already beginning to blister and peel, and he's in tremendous pain.

"Give this man 500 mg of Oxycontin for the pain, 25 mg of Prednizone for the inflammation, a 1000 cc saline drip for the lost fluids, and two Viagra tablets.", says the doctor to the nurse.

"Everything else is standard procedure, but what are the Viagra for?", asks the nurse.

"To keep the sheets off his thighs."
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« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2006, 07:39:25 PM »
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Sheesh. CBC is running a Viagra ad that shows women in the throes of ecstasy, sliding down bannisters, dancing in the street, waving from the back entrances of streetcars, all something to do, I suppose, with  getting 'lucky' last night ...

Does the ad explicitely connect these gals' wild and crazy abandon with Viagra for "their" guy?  :?  

Considering the HD (hyperbole dysfunction) affecting the advertising industry, the women could just be thrilled because they just discovered a different type of appliance cleaner.

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« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2006, 07:46:14 PM »
How about the ones that I find somewhat offensive where its always a question asked if a guy (politician at a press conference, guy at the water cooler, guy at a retirement party, coach after a losing game, etc) where the answer is always no but Im going to/did xxxxxxxxxxx  my wife and we xxxxxxxxx with all the words bleeped out and a blurred viagra pill over his mouth
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