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Ask a Raging Feminist: Would you try the new 'female Viagra'?

Avital Norman Nathman is a freelance writer whose work places a feminist lens on a variety of topics, including motherhood, maternal health, gender, and reproductive rights. Her work has been featured in Bitch magazine, Cosmopolitan.com,...

Why the new 'female Viagra' gets a big, fat thumbs-down from feminists

The FDA has recently approved Flibanserin, a pill that has the potential to help women with low sex drives, and has everyone calling it the "female Viagra."

But the pill is controversial, having many question whether they would actually take it. So of course we had to find out what our raging feminists would do.

Would you try the new "female Viagra?"

"I already have the female Viagra. It's called having a loving and supportive partner who is actually a partner in all things. Pretty sure you can't get mine in a bottle, but if you can, please let me know, because I'd like to stock up, just in case. Especially when they go on special." — Jennifer Cumby

"Why do the governing bodies of this country care more about women's sex lives than our access to health care? That's all I can think about when I hear about female Viagra. I'd rather have easy access to exams, treatment and medical care than a pill that promises sustained sexual pleasure." — Rachael Berkey

"Nah. That would mean I would have anyone to try the pill out with. Also, is it free? I'm not trying to spend even more money on medications. I can only put so much on my Flexible Spending Account's balance." — Wagatwe Wanjuki

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"I believe that Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser in the Scottish romance/time-travel series Outlander, was created in a lab to serve the same purpose as Flibanserin. But now that Season 1 has ended (see #Droughtlander), it's either the pill or convincing my husband to wear a kilt to bed. Given the pill's efficacy, the smart money's on the kilt, at least until Season 2 starts." — Therese Shechter

"No, I wouldn't try it. Women don't need Viagra to enjoy sex. We need partners who are good at sex and the ability to make decisions regarding our reproductive health. That said, the perfect drug designed to facilitate a woman's ability to express herself freely and sexually was already invented. It's called the birth control pill. And if you don't like the pill, we have things like rings and implants and shots! There is no need to reinvent the wheel, here. Unless the goal is to invent something that will increase the sex drives of women without allowing her to control whether she wants to have a kid…" — Seraphina Ferraro

"I don't feel the benefits outweigh the side effects. If another woman feels that it helps sexually empower herself? More power and sex to her. My biggest concern about this sort of product hitting the market is how it will perpetuate date rape culture. I fear the mentality of 'You don't want to have sex with me? There is a pill for that.'" — Jess Schubert

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"I'm just pissed. They set up this drug, as it's helpful for lady libido, but it will only work for a tiny, tiny, tiny amount of people. So then, if you're like, 'Yo, FDA! Why you giving us a whack drug?' The drug company can be all, "Yo, why you slut-shaming?' See, I don't like being caught in a false diatribe. My tl;dr version: Lady Viagra? You mean, medicinal marijuana?" — Tara Jean B

"Not a chance in hell. I'm not even sure how it got FDA approval. On average, it will only help 8-13 percent of women who take it, and it will help them have on average ONE more orgasm PER MONTH. What is that even about? The side effects are listed as: drowsiness, dizziness and fainting. That's quite the price to pay for ONE more orgasm PER MONTH! Most women who don't want to have sex with their partners are probably with assholes who don't appreciate them." — Shaindel Beers

"The drug company's lobbying group is called 'Even the Score,' but how is men taking one pill as needed for a clear physical issue and women taking a pill that is essentially an antidepressant every single day to treat a fuzzy definition of 'low libido' 'even'? I'm all for women getting help they need with sexual health, but I'm worried the confusing efficacy and marketing of this will perpetuate the idea that if women don't want X amount of sex, they are broken in some way. Also, the fact that the FDA says it may be dangerous to drink alcohol while taking it... huge red flag." — Kaitlin Ugolik

"Would I try the 'female Viagra'? Oh goodness, absolutely. My husband has been a recreational Viagra user for the past two years, and it has done wonders for our sex life. Why wouldn't I want to try it?! There's just one problem — Addyi, the FDA-approved drug in question, doesn't work like Viagra does. I can't just pop one an hour or two before sex and feel any effects. Plus, my libido issues are mostly related to my PTSD, which the FDA would consider to be a 'co-existing medical or psychiatric condition,' rendering me ineligible to try it. So, yeah, a true 'female Viagra' sounds great. Check back in with me in 50 years, when such a drug actually exists!" — Amanda Goldberg

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