Thursday, June 15, 2006

Next up - tampon ads during NFL games, no doubt

Typically, I don’t pay much attention to the commercials I happen across while flipping through channels on the television. But last night on the way from Mythbusters to "The Drug Years” I crossed over into a territory that was relatively unfamiliar: one of those all-women channels*. But that’s not the weird thing. What was unusual was the commercial that happened to be playing at the exact second I saw it. It was an ad for Cialis.

Is it just me or does this seem really unusual? Given the demographics of the channel itself, I find it highly doubtful that there are a lot of men over the age of 40 watching it at any given time. Or perhaps the drug maker is trying to ensure that women know about ED drugs too? After all women have probably never encountered advertisements for ED drugs before, right? Because they never watch anything but Oxygen and WE, naturally**. So ladies, if you are out there, you should know that there are drugs that will completely cover over any emotional issues your husband has and make him rock hard and obsessed about having sex with you constantly for up to 36 hours at a stretch! Oh boy – I can sense your excitement now!

Even worse was something I noticed about the commercial itself was how it is now making a clear warning about the dangers of priapism that may occur when using ED drugs. One of the provisos mentioned in the ad was “if you encounter problems with priapism – an erection lasting more than four hours – see your doctor immediately”***. Now I am a guy, and I can honestly say that if I ever had an erection that lasted longer than 1 hour I was going to wig out a little bit. And given how easily freaked out men are about our lil’ fella’s in general, do they honestly expect us to sit around watching the clock waiting for hour four to roll around? Yeah, like an erection that lasted 3 hours and 58 minutes is perfectly normal…

* Either WE or Oxygen or maybe those are one and the same these days? Who can keep up really…
** Well, maybe Oprah.
*** Or something like that – I don’t recall the exact wording

5 comments:

Sophist said...

I've seen a bunch of ED drug ads on womens networks lately... I guess they want women to get on their partners' cases?

I can guarantee you that if there was a drug for making women hornier, its advertisements would turn up on NFL games as well as networks aimed towards women! "Honey, we need to talk about a great new product that I think could help you!"

miss shirley said...

I think those adds are there because more gay men than women actually watch those channels, and really, watching Lifetimetelevisionforwomen could give any man problems with his "lil' fella."

grrrbear said...

Actually, if such a drug were to be invented, I doubt the company that invented it would advertise.

They wouldn't have to, male-dominated municipal governments across the country would pass city ordinances mandating that it be added to the water system like fluoride.

Grafs said...

Maybe they discovered that older men are watching women's TV? Anyway, priapism is scary, I hear. It's something they drilled into us in pharmacy school...priapism priapism priapism.

J.Bro said...

They "drilled" priapism into you in pharmacy school? Hee!


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