Sexual Apathy in America
Is American sexual apathy a medical condition or the result of an "anxious, overachieving, white upper middle class?" The New York Times ruminates on the prospect of female Viagra.
Is American sexual apathy a medical condition or the result of an "anxious, overachieving, white upper middle class?" The New York Times ruminates on the prospect of female Viagra. "The real culprit, originating in the 19th century, is bourgeois propriety," argues Camille Paglia. "As respectability became the central middle-class value, censorship and repression became the norm." Today, sexual apathy is being medicalized, but it's no use, says Paglia: "Pharmaceutical companies will never find the holy grail of a female Viagra — not in this culture driven and drained by middle-class values. Inhibitions are stubbornly internal. And lust is too fiery to be left to the pharmacist.
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- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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- Scientists treated scalp tissue with a chemical that mimics the odor of sandalwood.
- This chemical bound to an olfactory receptor in the scalp and stimulated hair growth.
- The treatment could soon be available to the public.
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