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November 20, 2006

Actions Have Consequences

Well, how nice this is of a Brazilian Mayor to hand out free Viagra to the old folk:

The mayor of a small Brazilian town has begun handing out free Viagra, spicing up the sex lives of dozens of elderly men and their partners.

"Since we started the free distribution of sexual stimulants, our elderly population changed. They're much happier," said Joao de Souza Luz, the mayor of Novo Santo Antonio, a small town in the central state of Mato Grosso.

Well, yes, I suppose so, they might well be happier (although perhaps not the younger ones. If thinking of your parents having sex is uncomfortable for many, as I'm assured it is, then thinking of your grandparents doing so must be worse).

The naming of the program might need a little more thought:

Pinto Alegre

and in Brazlian Portuguese yes, that really does mean Happy Penis. Which, given that at least the assumption here is that it'll take at least two to tango, would seem a little phallocentric really.

But as ever with government actions, some of the consequences weren't either welcome (except to those doing them one presumes) or foreseen:

But the program has also had the unforeseen consequence of encouraging some extra-marital affairs, Souza Luz said.


"Some of the old men aren't seeking out their wives. They've got romances on the side," he said.

Really? In a Latin nation, no one thought that through?

The solution adopted seems simple enough:

To discourage such illicit canoodling, Souza Luz said the city had decided to begin distributing the Viagra pills to the wives of the men who signed up for the program.

"That way, when the women are in the mood, they can give the pills to their husbands," he said.

If only all of the unintended consequences of government actions could be dealt with so easily.

There's also one final thought. Who is checking that the wives are actually giving the pills to their own husbands?

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So what happens when some old codger keels over from a heart attack? Viagra is not the sort of stuff to be handed out like Smarties.

Posted by: David Gillies | Nov 20, 2006 7:18:11 PM

There are worse ways to go I suppose.

Posted by: Peter Spence | Nov 20, 2006 10:22:24 PM

They'll regret it. One of the projects I had to fund at the end of the Balkans conflict was sorting out the combined epidemics of several venereal diseases that had hit the old folks' homes.

Posted by: auntymarianne | Nov 21, 2006 4:06:48 PM

The main biological reason that we strive to earn more is to increase our opportunities for sex.

So this project has inadvertently found an alternative to the welfare state. subsidise sex instead, and cut out the middle man.

Posted by: Serf | Nov 22, 2006 9:52:49 AM