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Re: Dexedrine to lose weight? Maxime

Posted by Sarah T. on April 6, 2005, at 0:35:18

In reply to Re: Dexedrine to lose weight? Paulbwell, posted by Maxime on April 5, 2005, at 22:36:03

> > > > Can you let us in on the joke?
> > Maxime

Hi Maxime. I guess I shouldn't try to speak for paulbwell, but I think he might be referring to some drug company advertisements that used to appear in medical journals back in the '50's. On several occasions, some people have posted those advertisements here on PB. If I ever come across those links, I'll let you know. Back in the dark ages of the 1950's, dexedrine was used as an antidepressant and as a weight loss drug. Most of the ads were very obviously directed at traditional housewives of that era. The ads even featured these women vacuuming and doing other types of housework. Underneath the photographs, the ads would mention something like, "She'd be much more productive with her housework if she were on dexedrine." [In other words, doctor, if you'd prescribe amphetamines to your female patients, they'd make much better wives and mothers. And, after all, isn't that what women are for?] Some of the old Saturday Night Live skits, from the 1970's, parodied those housewives of the 1950's and 60's, who even referred to their dexedrine as "mother's little helper."




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