Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Drug Side Effects and the Politics of Social Pain
These two stories are a juxtaposition all their own. On the one hand you have the ongoing problem of "commercialized fixes," causing even more things that need to be fixed, and on the other stupid social policy, and the pain it causes, trying to address one group's problem with the sexuality of others; with a woman legislator trying to fix that fix with some pain of her own.
The first instance has always been a pet peeve of mine, emphasizing as it does the vicious circle of abstracted, mechanized life. Let us review.
This sort of life is inherently stressful and inhuman. As such it causes quite predictable results to the human body and psyche, of which, of course, stomach problems of all sorts are but one group. Depression is another, and speaking from experience here, a good number of the fixes to that problem also have the wonderful side benefit of not only low libido, but significant difficulty in getting wood where you want it at all. But hey, no problem right? Spiffy Stiffy products are now wonderfully abundant. And who cares about brain damage there? All of the blood's supposed to be drained out to the nether regions already isn't it?
On the other hand, though, you really have to take a moment to appreciate the irony of not only making planned parenthood under funded, but making abortions extremely more difficult to come by as well, as your response to supposed immorality. If you had left well enough alone, the depression our society causes alone makes it so a good number of us can't fuck, or at least can't afford to fuck (have you priced Spiffy Stiffy pills lately?) in the first place. And of course, if you are hard charging enough so that you can afford it, the other symptom counteractants you must take will only increase accordingly; thereby making it a near certainty that one bad side affect or another will end up doing you in.
One can only wonder, then, why the lady legislator would have had any criticism at all, let alone the shock and awe she's probably been getting. I mean, who cares about the unwanted side affects of unwanted children, right? And wouldn't you want to make it more difficult to have a spiffy stiffy in that context? Unless I missed something important in facts of life 101, stiff is intimately involved when it comes to stuffing it to her.
But herein lies the real rub. If it were only lady legislators in charge of legislated morality said previous legislator would have been hailed as a hero. Put a few good ol boys into the mix, however, and you'll soon see just how inconsistent some folks can be with their personal application of morality. And then you have to add the kinds of money involved with spiffy stiffy products to really see how much worse it can get.
The bottom line for me here is that fixes to fix the fixes are a self perpetuating form of insanity. Not only do they do nothing to address the real issues causing the symptoms, they make it nearly impossible to even see the causes in the first place. I do have to admit, however, that certain clever applications of satirical fixes couldn't make things much worse than they already are, and might actually open a eye or two.