Fake for Real: Pharmaceutical Candy

Van Mensvoort
January 9th 2008

Pharmaceutical Candy

Valium, Prozac, Placebo, Viagra, Candy: can you say which one doesn't belong? Or, to rephrase the question: can you say exactly where the boundary lies between medicine and entertainment? It is difficult to judge: both aim to increase quality of life. But what that means is arguably a matter of taste.

From our Fake for Real series.

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Should men be able to give birth to children?


Joyce Nabuurs: To me this question seems to be a logical next step in the emancipation movement of the past century. More and more women entered the workspace, but the responsibility for pregnancy and childrearing remained female.

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