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What a man does, a woman can do better, so let’s see how Addyi goes

By Peter Kimani | August 21st 2015 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

I hear the womenfolk scored a major victory this week, with the approval of a drug that will boost their sex drive, much the same way Viagra works for men.

Unlike Viagra, which is known to trigger certain side-effects, like pumping too much blood in the system and risking a heart-attack – what a way to die, some chuckle – the female drug, Addyi, is alleged to cause low blood pressure and dizziness, among other ailments.

Which is surprising since, in my layman’s view of things, sex should make your head lighter, not heavier, and excitement should trigger faster movement of blood, not slowing things down.

Perhaps the drug is supposed to work side-by-side with Viagra, that is, any woman on Addyi should deal with a man on Viagra.

It wouldn’t be surprising to hear scientists have configured something like that, given their commitment to altering the natural order of things.

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Or it could be that I am just suspicious, like most humans, of things that I cannot see.

I hear the drug costs around $400 (Sh40,000) for the tablets that last a month, so women would have to choose whether to feed their families first, or feed their other needs, which could be more pressing.

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