Monday, September 24, 2012


I am not a scientist. I am a humble, simple man who has come upon the answer to the underlying cause of a scourge sweeping the adult heterosexual male population and has been largely ignored—as was AIDS in its early years—by the scientific community.

I speak, of course, of the devastating, heartbreaking, family-destroying condition known as “erectile dysfunction,” a terrible disease of which not one person in a thousand had ever even heard until only a few short years ago, and which today rages unchecked. We all owe a great debt to our nation’s ever-vigilant and altruistic drug companies, who loudly sound the alarm in the form of several thousand television commercials bombarding us every waking hour, offering desperately needed help to millions.

And yet, the cause of “E.D.” as it is also known, is astonishingly clear. It is, in fact, laid out plainly in the commercials themselves, and I cannot comprehend how no one but me seems to have realized it.

So please bear with me, listen carefully, and do not dismiss me out of hand before giving serious consideration to what I am about to reveal. (You may want to take a firm grip on the arm of your chair.) Are you ready?

The single cause of erectile dysfunction is…the wearing of a wedding ring!!! I swear!!! Perhaps it’s the metal or something…I don’t know…perhaps it cuts off blood flow to the genitals (?)…but all I ask is that you observe what I have observed: in
every single TV ad addressing the problem of erectile dysfunction, the sufferer is wearing a wedding ring! Every single one!! I challenge you to prove me wrong!!

We have all seen that absolutely delightful commercial which I never tire of seeing even after 14,642 exposures, where six or seven guys are having a grand old, good-ole-boy time strummin’ guitars and pluckin’ bases and whatevers and joyfully singing “Viva Viagra” (a catchy tune, but I can’t help but think I’ve heard it before somewhere). Well, my friends, observe carefully: every single one of those men is
wearing a wedding ring!! Coincidence? I think not.

How else can you explain the fact that while the number of afflicted heterosexual male adults seems to grow every day, I have not seen one single reported case of a homosexual adult male so affected. And why do ads for acne cures, for example, never involve the prominent display of a wedding ring? Simple: because wedding rings are obviously not the cause of acne. And there is strong evidence that the wearing of a wedding ring may be a contributory cause of many other adult diseases and ailments. Just note the number of wedding rings prominently displayed in commercials for arthritis, sleeplessness, sore backs, coughs and colds and any number of other illnesses!

There is an old saying that “there are none so blind as those who will not see,” and for some inexplicable reason, the medical community has chosen to totally ignore the 800 pound gorilla in the waiting room, solution in hand (as it were).

If you still doubt me, this evening, as you watch TV, take a pad and pencil and, when any commercial dealing with adult afflictions involving males comes on, jot down the disproportionate number of sufferers wearing a wedding ring. Then write or call your elected representatives and demand legislative action banning the wearing of wedding rings…and all other rings, for that matter. Our nation’s health is at stake!

My job here is done. I have proven my case beyond the shadow of a doubt. The rest is up to you.
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Vastine Bondurant said...

Aha, Dr. Grey! Well done!

One hole in your theory, though, is this: what about the percentage of homosexual men who also wear wedding rings?

Perhaps if we find what has kept them immune from this scourge of male impotency, we can eradicate the disease for all men.

One could quickly come, then, to the conclusion that it is not the 'ring' but the fact the afflicted men are married to...women?

This woman stands ready to hear your reply. LOL...

All kidding aside, though, I laughed out loud while reading your post. LOVED it.

Kage Alan said...

They have commercials on TV about such a thing??? Yet another reason I don't watch television. Fortunately, I have your expertise to rely on to inform me about such things!

Perhaps gay marriage isn't the downfall of heterosexual marriage after all. It's those darn wedding rings.

You were right to call yourself deceptively brilliant all these years, Mr. Grey. We can only hope to continue being marveled at your future findings.

Dorien/Roger said...

Thank you, Vastine. An excellent point. I suspect gay men somehow be immune. But the first time I see an erectile dysfunction ad showing a gay couple , I will revise my opinion.

Katy said...

Bravo, Dorien! You just might be right. I can tell you, as a woman, it goes the other way, too. We just don't care if the pharmaceutical companies come up with a pill for it. Get rid of the annoying man and we're good.

Dorien/Roger said...

LOL! You may have a point there, Katy. Thanks.