aprilvak (aprilvak) wrote,
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male hormonal birth control

so we're having a discussion in one of my groups. here's the article: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3543478/. this is the part that infuriates me, around the middle of the article.

“It is time for men to have some control. I think it would empower men and deter some women out there from their nefarious plans,” says Brown. “Some women are out there to use men to get pregnant. This could deter women from doing this. An athlete or a singer is someone who could be a target and they could put a stop to that.”

this was my comment (actually the first one, so i guess it's not really a discussion yet):

on the topic of hbc for men in general, putting it bluntly, i think it's just a bad idea, and a waste of time, energy, and money. it would take such a huge paradigm shift in the thinking that women are responsible for preventing or not preventing pregnancy. take the quote in the middle of the article: (i pasted the section above here)

i think i'll have to post about this in my journal, because i could go on for days about just that first statement.

anyway, to wrap up, i don't see it being of any real widespread use. the kind of person who would take it probably already takes enough precautions as is. the kind of jerk who would say something like 'men need to be empowered' already has the mindset of 'women are evil and conniving,' and who would have sex with somebody like that anyway?


i think i pretty much summed up my general thoughts on the subject there. now i'm just ranting about what that pig said.

“It is time for men to have some control." wtf? what does that mean? you can't wrap it up? you're physically incapable of keeping it in your pants? is it absolutely impossible for you to control your sexual impulses? how do you not have control? oh, that's right, i read all the time about male rape victims. it's just heartbreaking when you hear the stories of how someone else wrested control of their bodies away from them and made them feel like less of a person because of the prevalence of victim blame in our society. that statement really pisses me off.

"I think it would empower men and deter some women out there from their nefarious plans,” says Brown. “Some women are out there to use men to get pregnant. This could deter women from doing this. An athlete or a singer is someone who could be a target and they could put a stop to that.” there's another good one. i know every time in my life i looked at a man i was just plotting how to get him in bed and get pregnant to ensnare him for the next eighteen years. yeah, sure, i realize the occasional woman does have 'nefarious plans,' but he just makes it sounds like this is a worse world crisis that drought, hunger, and aids put together. give me a break. if 'an athlete or a singer' wants to put a stop to that i'm thinking he could just, oh, not screw every groupie he sees.

this whole premise bothers me. the only reason male hormonal birth control is so interesting lately is because of ed treatments. 'oh, i can get it up again, awesome! shit, i forgot i could get my twenty-two-year-old trophy wife pregnant!' that just pisses me off too. maybe if you can't get it up you don't need to be having sex. if they'd spend half the time and money they spend on viagra and cialis on aids or diabetes or cancer there would be better treatments or even cures. but who wants a cure anyway? it's not like there's any money in it.

anyway, my favorite statement on the subject, from http://jimmyakin.typepad.com/defensor_fidei/2005/10/spaying_men.html : "So, once again, contraceptive technology breeds disrespect for and abuse of women. Whether it is the sense that it is a woman's "job" to "fumigate" herself, something a man rightly figures he doesn't want to do to himself but has no apparent problem with subjecting a woman to, or whether it is a fear that women are conniving gold-diggers whom a man may use for sex but avoid further responsibility to, Pope Paul VI's warning in Humanae Vitae that contraception can only have dire consequences for the relationships between men and women is once more proven right."

of course, the positive spin comes from a man at msnbc.com, the practical from a woman.
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