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Thursday, May 11, 2006

"Who Bats 1.000?"

The Washington Post has an interesting story on male college students having trouble, um, performing in the dorm room after dark. Along with usual suspects -- drug and alcohol abuse, anti-depressants, lack of sleep -- The Post pinpoints an unlikely culprit for the missing mojo: Sexually liberated women.

Apparently, some dudes can't get in the mood if the girl is in the mood.

It seems that for a sizable number of young men, the fact that they can get sex whenever they want may have created a situation where, in fact, they're unable to have sex. According to surveys, young women are now as likely as young men to have sex and by countless reports are also as likely to initiate sex, taking away from males the age-old, erotic power of the chase.

"I know lots of girls for whom nothing is off limits," says Helen Czapary, a junior at the University of Maryland. "The pressure on the guys is a huge deal."

Combine performance anxiety with binge drinking and the abuse of drugs on campus and it's no wonder that problems are showing up at college clinics in numbers that give the lie to the adage that impotence is reserved for the old (Bob Dole) or crazy (Jack Nicholson in "Carnal Knowledge"). The younger models who now appear in commercials for Viagra and its pharmaceutical clones reveal that the drug makers know (hope?) what the rest of us don't: Some members of the Game Boy generation are losing their game.

There's a lot of semi-clever things I want to write, but since this is a P-C affiliated blog, I better keep my mouth shut. Instead, check out this rebuttal from Salon.com.


Blogger mark said...

i'm picturing these dudes and they're making me laugh.

2:33 PM  

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