Let's Talk About Erectile Dysfunction

I think it's been clearly established that I watch a little bit of sports on T.V. Aparently people like myself (humans with boobs)  aren't the main demographic for this kind of programming. Which is no doubt why sports shows are constantly being interrupted by commercials about electronics, other sporting events and medications that will help a man get an erection. I suppose it's only common sense to air advertisements of this nature when men should be watching T.V. If you wanted to research your best option for birth control or what kind of femine product will make you feel the freshest while you aren't at your freshest, then you should be tuning in during the hours of 10am and 2pms, oops, I meant pm.

About a month ago I saw the commercial below for Viagra for the first time.
I was concerned that not everyone would be familiar with Viagra, so for my Amish readers, it's a popular drug used in fighting Erectile Dysfuntion. I was furthered concerned that not all of you would know what Erectile Dysfunction is. Maybe you've heard the phrase but unless you've wikied it like I have, you are most likely under-informed. According to the Great and Mighty Wikipedia:
Erectile dysfunction (ED, "male impotence", or "Baby-D Syndrome") is a sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance.
The Wiki article goes on to use words like hydralics and organic. God bless you, Wiki. God bless you.

Now that we are all familiar, let's take a little look-see shall we.

Several things about this commercial stood out to me.

First, this man's pleasant stroll to the doctor's is interrupted by his own reflection.

Second, his reflection nags him like a wife or mother might. "Are you going to talk to him about our ED?" I half expected it to ask him if he had on clean underwear and had washed behind his ears. Also, since when is it "our" ED? It's like when a man says, "We are pregnant." Let's double check that, shall we? Which one of us looks like a heifer with cankles?

Third, that this man was embarrassed to mention his Erectile Dysfunction on a public street that appeared to be full of men that had just escaped from the Matrix, however, arguing with his reflection in public didn't phase him at all. Just like a man to worry more about his penis then his pyschological well-being.

Finally, the neverending list of side-effects for this medication. Which include but are no doubt not limited to:

stuffy nose;
upset stomach.

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue);
chest pain;
fast or irregular heartbeat;
memory loss;
numbness of an arm or leg;
one-sided weakness;
painful or prolonged erection;
ringing in the ears;
severe or persistent dizziness;
severe or persistent vision changes;
sudden decrease or loss of hearing;
sudden decrease or loss of vision in one or both eyes.

Um, yeah, so, at least you and your wife can have sex now. You don't even mind the vision loss, massive diarrhea or numbness all over the right side of your body. Seriously, why does everyone make such a big deal over the irregular heartbeat thing? It just adds to the thrill. You better have as much sex now as you can, because your ticker might give out at any minute, but, hey, at least your penis will work.


Anti-Supermom said...

This is hilarious!

My favorite part was the shout out to your Amish readers. So thoughtful of you.


The Boob Nazi said...

Diarrhea during sex would TOTALLY be hot! Sign me up.

Punk said...

Dude... he high-fived himself. Did you see that? In a creepy way that's very unlike how Dad does it.

Ew. I just mentioned Dad in a comment to a blog about ED. Ew. What's wrong with me? Ew! Make it stop!!

Christy said...

your post is very funny...but the comments are hilarious too! what a blessing to have readers with wit.

popping in from sits

Jen @ ourfinehouse said...

Stopping by from SITS . . . and so glad I did! Hilarious!

Unfortunately, here in California we see commercials for Viagra at all hours of the day and have for years. Seriously, with side effects like those, will you really be thinking about sex? YUCK!

Keep up the great work! Love your blog.

Shell said...

So funny. Those side effects crack me up every time. Much more important to be able to get an erection, I guess.

Kimmy C said...

I saw your post title over at SITS Blogroll and just had to check it out and am so glad I did. Thanks for the good laugh!!!

Tina Lane said...

The worst thing about ED is if you ever have the misfortune of witnessing the limp banana in person. It is pathetic. I, ofcourse, don't know this from personal experience... Just hypothesizng.

Tina Lane said...

PS Stopping by from SITS.

Mr. Punk said...

Interesting how this commercial portrays schizophrenia as a way to help men feel comfortable talking to their doctor about ED. Seriously, If you are high-fiving your reflection for the good advice it gave you on any topic, it's time for a more serious talk with your Doctor.

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Hey SITSta!

That was one of the funniests posts I've read in a long time. I watch a lot of sports TV too, and am familiar with that commercial. It always struck me as odd, I just couldn't put it into words!

"Baby D Syndrome"? Honestly, have you ever heard ED referred to by that title???


Dione said...

My father in-law was in the other room so I was listening to the commercial very quietly...

The impression I got was that he reflection was missing the intimate times they shared with each other.

Ew! Creepy!

The Godfather said...

Top 5 Commercial of all time.

No one else here has walked past a mirror and delivered a high 5er to ol' number 1?


me niether....just seeing if any of you did.....


coach said...

That guy was a stud and just proving his studliness. Now he can go home and show his significant other what he is all about and that's all thanks to VIAGRA! At least we know Trent Edwards will never have this problem or is this the reason why he sucks this bad!

buhdoop said...

Men don't care, they think with their peckers. If their internal organs were the brains then it would be another story.

(I should say some men don't care)

Maricris Zen Mama said...

So funny that you talked about this. Hubby & I always chuckle when we see this commercial. What is puzzling is they're "popular" during football shows. Are they trying to say something? LOL

♥ Teresa ♥ said...

This is just TOO funny! I laughed and laughed til my drink was almost coming out my nose! :0)

Hi there, I'm stopping by from SITS! I just wanted to share a bit of comment love.♥ Thanks for the great laugh!

I hope your Friday is absolutely amazing!

Teresa <><


Spot On Your Pants said...

Oh my god! I love those disclaimers. I am imaging a man having sex with massive diarrhea and numbness and thinking it might just help him last longer. Focusing in pinching in something he can't feel. Oh, and I'd totally not take it if losing vision in both eyes was more risky! Love this post!

Alex Fitzpatrick aka Ma What's 4 Dinner said...

Ha! You forgot the disclaimer about if your erection last longer than four hours then seek immediate medical attention, I guess "WE" are really going to need a doctor in that case!

Just surfing the SITS site. Great blog here. I'll check back soon. Too funny!

JoeyRes said...

I think the temporary blindness is probably a lot like "beer goggles".

While watching a Steeler's game my daughter became really interested in what was going on in another brand of ED med's commercial. My poor husband was trying to give her a Sesame Street explanation. "That man is afraid to go to the doctor..."

"Why daddy?"

It was painful, but cute.

Anonymous said...

I don't, for the life of me, know why they have to cutesy up these commercials....how can ED ever be taken seriously when the only spokesperson they can find is either a wacko that talks to & high-fives himself...or the goofballs singing Viva Viagra...ala Las Vegas. It's a joke.

Thanks for letting me vent:) Happy Friday!!

Jessica Jones said...

Man I wish my hubby would get erectile dysfunction!h well...

BTW I have never attemoted to keep a 3 yr old from falling off the front of a bus but I will blog about it as soon as ti happens! Promise

Jessica Jones

The Only Girl said...

Ha! That's very funny. I always wondered about all those side effects. Hope the orgasm is worth the seizure!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Anonymous said...

"just like a man to think more about his penis than his psychological well being." lol!

glad i'm not the only one who thought this commercial was really weird!

*happy SITS sharefest

JaelCustomDesigns said...

Popping in from SITS!
Now following your blog.

This was a hilarious post! I love watching these commercials and then they rush through the side effects at the end. Lol!

Debbie said...

You made me laugh with this one!
I despise those commercials. And it seems they multiply faster than rabbits.

Sarah and the Gentlemen said...

My husband asked me last night if I had read this post. It was a revelation to me that I've got him reading your blog and the football wife's blog too. Woohoo!

My six year old was running into the room to watch this particular commercial when it aired during football one day. John explained to me that Josiah likes the man talking to his reflection... I said, "Oh. Well, generally, I don't want him watching ED commercials. You get to answer the next round of questions!" If only it worked out that way.

Anonymous said...


Mormon Bachelor Pad said...

You're funny, but you've got a way to go to be "Calvin funny."


Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

That is hysterical. I saw this commercial on TV and thought of how ridiculous it is. I say forgo the viagra and get a penile implant. Works for us.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

TA DA! See magic!!

Anonymous said...

I saw this commercial today for the first time, and while googling it so I could show it to my girlfriend later for some lol's, I came acrossed this blog hoping to find the youtube embedded. Good call.

While I agree with most of what you said, I can't help but still call you out on e-whoring. Not that all the guys aren't more interested in reading your blogs if you make it doubly apparent you're female (Make sure you mention 'boobs' at least twice in every article if you want to maximize your traffic), but we're more likely to recommend your blog to our friends and read it religiously if you continuously make reference to the fact that you lack a penis.

As long as you don't mind the fact that you're devaluing your opinion in trade for more readers, then there's nothing wrong here.

In your defense, though, don't worry. It doesn't matter if you devalue your opinion to be honest. With your approach to writing, people aren't reading for it anyway. They're reading due to your boobs, not intellect.

Cheers mate.

Anonymous said...

I can't watch golf anymore (big deal)or late night tv or even football without being inundated with those penile dysfunction commercials. And this has been going on for years now. I think Bob Dole was in the first one. Who wants to watch a couple of old f###s kind of flirting and then...well, you know, the disclaimers and "when the time is right" blah blah blah. I mean, this has been going on for a long time and don't the people who need this medication know it's out there by now?It seems that those pharmaceutical companies are the only ones who can afford commercial time these days.