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Male contraceptives

April 12, 2012

I totally could have posted this with the shout-outs, but it didn’t really relate. I also want the “world of tomorrow” tag on the right to appear larger, so it needs to appear on more posts.

Contraceptives that affect the body’s production of hormones and things have so far only been developed for women. Thus women are usually the ones tasked with paying for these treatments, which often need to be administered continuously, increasing the cost. Women experience plenty of other economic disadvantages, and this phenomenon only exacerbates inequality. The only viable alternative at the moment is the condom, but many people of both sexes find it uncomfortable and therefore undesirable, especially in long-term relationships in which lovemakers know their partner is disease-free.

But there are more male contraceptives on the horizon. HuffPo recently reported on a reversible procedure with a 100-percent success rate and effects lasting up to 10 years. Problem is, the procedure involves a scary penile injection. Owowowowowow, anesthesia be damned.

Still, the news has prompted some people over here to create a pledge to take male contraception once it is available. It reads:

I, ______________, do hereby solemnly swear to utilize any FDA-approved male birth control methods, if and when they become available. This includes (but is not necessarily limited to): pills, balms, salves, therapeutic ultrasounds, and, yes, intra-penile injections.

Signed,

_____________

Signing it is not only a move toward gender equality but a move toward grabbing destiny by the balls. Using any form of contraception is simply taking responsibility for your fertility. These as-yet unmade forms allow men to do that in the same way women do today, and I think the benefits of moving away from condoms are obvious.

Still, knowing full well the uncomfortable nature of some women’s contraceptives (e.g., IUDs), I don’t think I will ever spring for a penile injection. I like my amended version of the pledge better:

I, Marciano Lopez, do hereby solemnly swear to utilize any FDA-approved male birth control methods, if and when they become available, and I don’t have other, more pressing things to pay for, like electricity. This includes (but is not necessarily limited to): pills, balms, salves, and therapeutic ultrasounds, and, yes, intra-penile injections.

Signed,

Marciano Lopez

I didn’t get why it had to be solemn.

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2 Comments
  1. Balls-less Molls permalink

    Those are some pretty serious petitions. I don’t think I’d be willing to swear to something that I don’t yet know what it is. Hat off to ya.

    • Balms and salves don’t sound that bad. They sound pleasant, actually. I bet they’d smell, though. But it’d be the smell of responsibility.

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