Vintage Scan #52: Parade (May 27, 1973)
This is our 12th Parade scan, and I must say, I'm not planning on ending them any time soon. They're an amazing time capsule of news, ads, and pop culture condensed into a little newspaper insert. Let's take a look at one from May 27, 1973...
When cigarette ads were allowed to use cartoon style formats, they could be quite interesting to look at.
This Sex Tranquilizer report deserves a look:
A tranquilizing sex pill has been tested in England, and will soon go on sale. It consists of a drug, cypro-terone acetate, originally developed by the German pharmaceutical house of Schering in its search for a male contraceptive pill.
The pill is useful in controlling oversexed men. Upon taking it they find that their sex desires diminish substantially.
One university student from Birmingham, for example, who was driven to have sex relations at least 20 times a week, called upon Dr. T.S. Davies of Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital in Wales, asking for help.
"Sex had become almost his entire reason for living," Dr. Davies told Intelligence Report. "And naturally, he found that his extraordinary and compelling desires made life extremely difficult for him. He was in a constant search for compliant girls. We put him' on some cypro-terone acetate, two 50-milligram pills per day, and after one week his sexual desires began to decrease. Within one month he was having sexual intercourse only twice a week and enjoying it more, and, of course, living a more normal if not quite so exciting life."
The drug, according to Schering's biochemists, apparently suppresses the activity of the hypothalamus, which serves as a message conductor from the brain to the sex glands. The cyproterone acetate blocks the number of messages going through, thereupon reducing the amount of male hormones secreted into the bloodstream.
The drug has also been tried on sex offenders in jail and has succeeded markedly in reducing their interest in sex.
Oh, hell yes. One of the greatest inventions of the 1970s. Available in Canary Yellow and Shocking Pink.
Forget the microchip - here's a real technological invention worth mentioning. The Rest-A-Phone - now that's progress!
This issue's Youth articles aren't so hot. One is on Hungarian suicides and the other on how state college enrollments are down. Without the draft, is it any wonder?
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