I was on the Chicago metro when I took a picture of the in-your-face advertising for the up and coming erectile dysfunction pill called Roman. This was the second time I saw the ad. The first time was in May, after buying a single ride ticket to get on the Manhattan 6 line. I turned from the ticket machine and saw generation Y faces plastered like wallpaper everywhere my eyes could see.
So many questions popped into my media literacy mind: How much do these cities get paid by Roman and how do they use the money? Why are they marketing to younger males? Is it mandatory for pharmaceutical companies to have an ethics board? How easy is it to get a Roman prescription?
June is Men’s Health Month. The health of everyone is important, however the spotlight on men’s health seems to be just beginning to shine brighter. A lot of people might roll their eyes at this since the patriarchy is still alive and kicking, but there is validity in encouraging men to be more aware of their health and to make it a priority.
In the current political climate of the United States there has been so much news and talk about Planned Parenthood; rightfully so. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. is an outstanding organization that has been providing essential healthcare and education for 100 years, and it would be a disservice to the public if it were ever to disappear. However – dare we say? – the way many people, even people who support the organization and the way Planned Parenthood tends to promote its services could be improved.