H.R. 2175, The Families for ED Advertising Decency Act (12 comments ↓ | 3 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 2175 would prohibit as indecent the broadcasting of any advertisement for a medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

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May 7, 2009, 9:52am (report abuse)

I don't like to see the ads on T.V. I turn the channel everytime they come on I hate to hear about how a man wants to be larger...I don't care.. You are how god made you - Deal with it!!


May 7, 2009, 11:18am (report abuse)

I was reading this on CNN and none of the comments addressed the underlying issue. A bill for a specific segment is nothing more than a band-aid, useless I think. A better solution is requiring commercials to carry a content rating. The TV Parental Guidelines should be strengthened and mandatory for all broadcasters, imposed on a federal level and overseen by the FCC. Program your TV to not show them, solves more than just the ED,enlargement,feminine products, etc. Block anything rated MA, as applied to any product/service targeting adults. Problem is the broadcasters rely on this revenue and will lobby against it. I could see the advertising market actually loosen up if this was mandatory and previously banned segments could reenter the market (offsetting potential revenue loss). The technology is proven. The government needs to give parents tools, not try to be the parents. If you fail to program your TV its your own fault. That's how I see it anyways.

Vienam Vet

May 7, 2009, 12:44pm (report abuse)

There is no need to be forced to explain the intimate nature of ED to young people, especially during diiner and family hours.


May 7, 2009, 1:07pm (report abuse)

I fully support this bill. I can't count the number of times I have to change the channel during a sports game or other family programming because of these commercials.


May 7, 2009, 2:12pm (report abuse)

how about banning all pharmaceutical TV advertising? Consequently less people would go to the doctor asking for specific medications and doctors would prescribe what they saw as a good clinical choice...likely something that has a good track record and usually would have a generic equivelant that would reduce the overall healthcare costs. Make the drug companies contribute their marketing revenue to fund more general research through the NIH.

Howard H, M.D.

May 7, 2009, 2:49pm (report abuse)

I think is about time something be done about this advertising. These ads are very base. Yes, it is a medical problem, but it can be dealt with at a time that is appropriate. I would even consider till 11:00 pm.

T V Watcher

May 7, 2009, 3:21pm (report abuse)

I also think ALL pharmaceutical, and or any adult anything should be banned untill after 11PM


May 9, 2009, 9:19am (report abuse)

SRN - Totally agree - I have to change the channel or deal w/ the questions from a 6 or 7 year old -should be on after 10:00PM.


May 10, 2009, 9:34am (report abuse)

So censorship is to be the law of the land? What's next for all you Falwell followers?


May 17, 2009, 8:50pm (report abuse)

I believe in this bill H.R. 2175.

I find these commercials disgusting. I'm tired of muting or changing channels.

Now I see this sports schedule is sponsored by Viagra. Give me a break. If you have a problem--do see your doctor.


May 26, 2009, 1:11pm (report abuse)

I think the sports industry is ultimately hurting themselves. I have children who should be able to watch baseball, basketball, football, etc., as I did with my parents. But the commercials force me to turn off the television. So, there are a few less potential life long fans of the game. I doubt I'm the only parent who turns off the television or radio. It is absurd to have a rating on television programs and have commercials that are for mature audiences. It isn't only sexual material, but previews for horror films as well. I'm glad to see this being addressed. I miss watching sports.

Va. Beach Dad

December 2, 2010, 7:19pm (report abuse)

I strongly oppose the airing of these ads during prime time TV hours especially between 6-9 pm. When did the topic of sexual function or sex itself become acceptable for TV commercials, primarily the major networks and affiliates? It seems the FCC should take a more active role in permitting the airing of ED oommercials. No parent should have to explain the inappropriate subject matter contained in ED ads to a young child. Limits the airing of these ads to after 9 pm for network TV. Cable and satellite channels rated PG otr higher would not be subject to regulation. We shouldn't have to trip and fall to grab the remote during dinner with our family every night when a Viagra ad airs.

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