As the days are growing shorter and the temperature is lowering, this is Frank with another dose of Dutch news.
The Dutch are preparing themselves for another military exercise. A few days ago, our government announced that it wants to send almost 400 soldiers and 4 Apache helicopters to the northwestern country of Mali, among them 90 special forces who will operate behind enemy lines. The first mission will last until 2015 and is open to extension. To say that this mission has been received with a lack of enthusiasm would be an understatement: the Dutch are not a warlike people and the average Dutchman cares about as much about Mali as they would about an anthill in their garden (I shudder to think how many could even point the country out on a map). The Dutch are more of a make love, not war kind of people. And speaking of which…
The Dutch are making history, sexy history! If rumors are to be believed, then we are on the verge of a breakthrough in medical science. This week, the United States FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will make a decision on whether or not to approve a test with the drug Lybrido on 1,200 female volunteers. This new drug is intended to help women who are restricted in their sex life, and is the brainchild of a Dutch scientist by the name of Adriaan Tuiten. Two versions of the pill are to be made: one will enhance sexual desire, the other contains the anxiety inhibitor buspirone, meant to be used by women who cannot function sexually due to emotional distress (such as caused by a history of abuse). Some have criticized the pill as yet another way in which sexuality is ‘medicalized’. Others have expressed worry that unlike Viagra, this drug does not merely effect the physical functioning of the sexual organs, but will actually affect the psyche. Still others have warned for the possible side-effects that these drugs might cause. Feminists have complained because they are feminists. Yet some have already welcomed the pill with open arms and predict that it will save relationships. We at DutchReview are cautious of any solution to emotional problems that involves throwing pills at them, but we salute any countryman who dedicates his life to the good cause of sexing rather than shooting strangers in an African desert.
So much for this Freudian mash-up of Dutch death and desire instincts. On to the weather report: