Dangers of Birth Control? WS 2105 February 21st What do we make of these? ?With my wife on the pill, any more is the right moment for love. No plans. No calculation. Unpremeditated sex is marvelous! We are in love, and it seems the right way for people in love to have sex.? ?Many wives feel sexually liberated by birth-control pills. But some husbands feel enslaved. It? s as if their sense of maleness and self-esteem has been threatened.? -pill takes on different meanings for different commentators Sexual Liberation? Does the birth control pill offer liberation? For whom? Morality & Sexuality Playboy, Hugh Hefner, and Birth Control Use of experts to testify about birth control ?Threats? to masculinity -breaking down of relationships between husband and wife, man and woman -sexuality always wrapped up in morality -women who participate in sex and use birth control have certain moral views pushed upon them -activities of Hugh Hefner used to further women ' s causes but simultaneously said that women ' s sexual pleasure is mainly for men -Playboy was very vocal in critique of Catholic church ' s stance on BC -man seemed to be emasculated b/c females have control over BC, men don ' t Peggy Olson & The Pill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1bPoSEii2M The Sexual Revolution Changing marital rates Delaying marriage Changes in thinking about premarital sex -1960s -in 1959, 10% of all 15-19yo women having babies, 85% of those married -by early 50s, half of all American woman would engage in sex before marriage General Marriage and Divorce Rates -Americans less likely to get married, overall rate of marriage has been declining Census Trends Patterns Among Unmarried Individuals Percent of Persons Age 35-44 Who Were Married Black Nationalist Responses to Birth Control Eugenic / Forced Sterilization ? Relf Sisters Genocide ? Nation of Islam Overpopulation as a white problem Elaine Brown ? Black Panthers More holistic approach to health care & birth control -overall Black population had declined in US, white population had limited space and had squandered share of resources -poverty: Black Panthers helped get discussion about poverty around population explosion -all women had a right to accept birth control/abortion of their own volition -the right not to be poor -individuals should have ability to fully support children Rick Santorum, Foster Friess & Aspirin Bad j oke Opened up questions regarding presidential candidates and their stances on birth control Virginia Ultrasound Law Requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound If a woman is under 12 weeks pregnant ? they will have to have a transvaginal procedure Some commentators discuss issues of consent / rape in requiring this procedure Controversy: Condom Access Project http://www.teensource.org/ts/ Teenagers in California can request condoms online ? to be mailed or to pick them up at a clinic. Controversy surrounding access to contraceptives for teenagers Birth Control Controversies Observations? Thoughts?
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