A Feminist Take on Viagra

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If you are squeamish and/or do not like frank discussions of sexuality, stop reading. To my now-grown sons, yes, mommy and daddy do have sex, but you might not want to read about the details…

Is it just me, or are you kind of over other people making decisions for you and your body?

Positive steps have been taken with the Affordable Care Act, specifically the requirement that insurance companies must cover some forms of birth control. It’s not perfect, but at least it is an acknowledgement that women, like men, do indeed have the right (and desire) to have sex recreationally, not just for procreation. Of course this is also a financially sound decision on the insurance companies’ part. Fewer babies equal less hospitalizations and medical care. Oh, the insurance industry still enjoys acting like big brother, deciding what methods of birth control are okey dokey to cover (birth control pills) and what aren’t (sometimes IUD’s and implants); you can’t let those silly women make all the decisions!

Insurance companies are in business to make money, and they are really good at it. They will arbitrarily deny claims, make you positively dizzy with paperwork, and capriciously decide what medicine and treatment you should or shouldn’t receive, regardless of your doctor’s recommendations. If nothing else, Obamacare has reigned in just a bit of insurance companies’ all-powerful gatekeeping, as well as their unlimited profiteering. For the past two years, my insurance company has had to refund part of my (exorbitant) premium back to me as they did not meet the newly imposed 80% rule of using their monies for actual healthcare.

Some opponents of birth control call it a “lifestyle” drug, and believe the government has no business requiring coverage of such things. That is a slippery slope. What about antidepressants? Allergy and migraine medicine? These aren’t necessarily life saving medicines, but they certainly help people enjoy a better, healthier life.

So that brings us to Viagra. Okay, now raise your hand if you never want even the possibility of having “regular” sexual intercourse again in your life. Yeah, I didn’t think so. Many of my fellow liberal-leaning cohorts used to exclaim that insurance companies were patently sexist as they covered erectile dysfunction medicine, but not birth control. The problem with using “facts” to support your premise is that the facts need to be true. Most insurance companies, including most Medicare supplemental programs, don’t cover erectile dysfunction meds.

Here is the part where many women, especially younger ones, roll their eyes and mumble something about horny old men who shouldn’t still be having sex, anyway.

First, I assert that what does or does not happen in other consenting adults’ bedrooms is none of my business. Most people have sex, and it is mostly not for procreation. There isn’t an age cut-off, and it is an important part of health and well-being. The majority of men needing erectile dysfunction medicine suffer from medical conditions, a large proportion are prostate cancer survivors. I don’t know if you are familiar with prostate cancer and its treatment, but suffice to say I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. The surgery is nasty, and life altering. In lighter moments it can best be described as penis reduction surgery.

If you are like me, you love learning at least one new thing each day. Here is yours. Men do not need to have an erection to have an orgasm. Truth, look it up. So Viagra and other erectile dysfunction medicines are actually a benefit for one’s partner, i.e. mostly women. That’s why I call on my sister feminists to join me in asking insurance companies to cover Viagra.

Viagra costs about $50 a dose. Perhaps if actual paying consumers didn’t have to fund the drug company’s habit of handing Viagra out like candy to friends, doctors and others in the medical field, the cost could come down a bit. If not, at $50 a “pop,” I am afraid I might have to choose between traditional foreplay (dinner and a movie) and the deed.

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One Response to A Feminist Take on Viagra

  1. Jan Clydesdale says:

    This was interesting to read. In the UK ALL contraception is free! And Viagra is available on prescription – so this means it is free to the over 60s and for the younger gents a prescription of (I believe) 5 tablets is £8.20. Quite a difference between the US and the UK – I’m surprised some enterprising Brit is not shipping over tabs of Viagra – they could make a fortune!
    Always enjoy reading your blog 🙂

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