A new “female Viagra” called Lybrido is currently being developed by scientists, and the drug’s trials are reportedly very effective — perhaps too effective, with Lybrido fears allegedly raised that women who desire sex more will destroy society.
The female Viagra or Lybrido fears are certainly not the root of the hysteria (heh) over female sexual agency. Each year we see such fears play out in debates over birth control coverage, reproductive choice, and whether or not pregnant teenagers should be forced to hide behind a plant in their yearbooks.
A lengthy New York Timespiece on Lybrido and Lybrido fears quotes researchers and experts on female Viagra fears — namely, that the fabric of our way of life will be deteriorated if women become more interested in sex.
Andrew Goldstein, who is conducting a study in Washington, said:
“You want your effects to be good but not too good … There was a lot of discussion about it by the experts in the room, the need to show that you’re not turning women into nymphomaniacs.”
Goldstein says of the resistance:
“There’s a bias against — a fear of creating the sexually aggressive woman.”
The Seattle Post-IntelligencerquotesTimes writer Daniel Bergner as saying of his research into Lybrido:
“More than one adviser to the industry told me that companies worried about the prospect that their study results would be too strong, that the F.D.A. would reject an application out of concern that a chemical would lead to female excesses, crazed binges of infidelity, societal splintering.”
Several have noted that the same justifications were trotted out as the birth control pill was developed, a common fear being that freeing women from unwanted pregnancy would cause them to sexually transgress.
Despite Lybrido fears, the female Viagra (as it has been frequently dubbed) could hit pharmacies as early as 2016.