FDA To Review Women’s Viagra This Thursday

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A drug called flibanserin – nicknamed “women’s Viagra” – that addresses low libido for women is being reviewed by the FDA on Thursday. The pharmaceutical company that manufactures flibanserin, Sprout, has had the drug rejected twice already on the grounds that its benefits don’t outweigh the side effects of dizziness and nausea. The FDA is getting side-eye on that one, since male libido drugs can cause dizziness, fainting, and changes in vision, but are deemed beneficial enough to be on the market anyway. [TIME]

 

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A woman in a tribal Indian village was gang-raped by six men who suspected her of practicing witchcraft after children in the village had fallen sick and some had died. Indian media outlets are comparing this assault to another brutal gang-rape in India that left the victim with fatal injuries and led to new laws concerning violence against women The six men have been arrested, and the victim is being treated for her injuries. [BBC]

 

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Or maybe just “most conflicted”? The Senate let provisions of the Patriot Act expire last night regarding the NSA’s ability to collect phone records in bulk and their ability to use a “roving wiretap” that allowed agents to listen in on several phones owned by one person. Hurray! It’s a small and temporary victory for privacy advocates though: On Tuesday or Wednesday, the Senate is expected to pass the USA Freedom Act, which will reinstate some curtailed surveillance powers. And, of course, the rest of the Patriot Act still stands. Baby steps, I guess. [Motherboard]

 

Coolest:

The Cut had 57 New York women draw their breasts with an accompanying sentence, resulting in some pretty interesting commentary like “I wish I had pockets in my chest so I could tuck my boobs into them when I don’t feel like wearing them” and my favorite, from a 67-year-old: “Sometimes I treat my breasts like a design piece and sometimes I just ask people to lick them.” You do you, boobs, you do you. [The Cut]
[Image via TIME]