On the “pink Viagra”

Cacchioni, Thea. Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.  [From Toronto’s website: “Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love, Cacchioni moves beyond the search for a sexual pharmaceutical drug for women to ask a broader question: how does the medicalization of female sexuality already affect women’s lives? Using in-depth interviews with doctors, patients, therapists, and other medical practitioners, Cacchioni shows that, whatever the future of the “pink Viagra,” heterosexual women often now feel expected to take on the job of managing their and their partners’ sexual desires. Their search for sexual pleasure can be a “labour of love,” work that is enjoyable for some but a chore for others.”]

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About Jon Miller

Professor of English, University of Akron
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