I identify as a pro-feminist male, but I felt moved to write a review just after having seen this, rather than marinating on my thoughts for several days first. (A commentor of mine once called that "a drive-by review.")
UPDATE: IT TURNS OUT THAT A BROWN UNIVERSITY ALUM MADE THIS DOC. I'M BIASED WHEN IT COMES TO ANYTHING RELATED TO MY ALMA MATER. SO NOW I WANT EVERY1 TO SEE THIS. MY VIEW OF IT JUST WENT UP DUE TO THE NEWS.
This work looks at the fallacies of trying to make AND SELL a female version of Viagra. The work tries to emphasize that many of the medical supporters for such pills are being paid by drug companies for their support. It shows that many attempts at this project have failed, but they are still portrayed as successful. It is repeated several times that in trials women given the placebo report as much happiness as those given the tested drug. One cartoon shows sarcastically, but poignantly, "Why can't men be given a pill to promote conversation?" Many would say this had a happy ending as well. The American FDA is shown denying proposed drugs twice. The doc has a message of self acceptance. A declining sex drive may be normal in older women. Vaginoplasty may be FGM presented in a glossy, post-feminist form, etc.
In all fairness, this work doesn't present the issue as black-or-white. However, I still felt like the shades of gray don't come up enough. Once Viagra was approved and marketed, I think it was a feminist, or at least non-sexist, logical question to ask, "Okay, when are we going to make a pill for women?" As far as I know, it was not just a company trying to make a buck that invented Viagra. Myriad frustrated men stalked doctors and companies begging them to make something to make them succeed in the bedroom. While I am sure many women may prefer warm conversations with their significant others and friendly trips to psychotherapists, I think there must be women out there that demanded, "Hey! Give me a pill just like you gave to my husband!" I recall Newsweek asking about a female Viagra on its cover just months after the male Viagra came out. It concluded, just as this documentary does one decade later, that women's problems are psychological, rather than anatomical. It said years ago, that the problems would involve therapy and not a pill. However, it could be viewed as sexist when experts say, "Women, go spend all kinds of money, time, and other people's time fixing yourselves when we guys can just pop a pill!" I imagine there are older women who see that their sex drives are faltering when their husbands' are not and that they FREELY CHOOSE to want to get back to his speed. I can just see lots of non-sexist thoughts on these controversies that are not presented in this doc, as enlightening and good-hearted as this doc is.
If you see the doc "Passion & Pleasure" it only shows white women and I found that disturbingly Eurocentric. This work differs, making a point to show women of color often. Still, I didn't see that many EXPERTS of COLOR here. Most of the interviewees with Ph.D.'s and M.D.'s after their names were just of one race.
Again, this doc is not the enemy, but I'm still left thinking, "Okay, yes, BUT!!!!!!"