I've made no secret of the fact that I think birth control is a good thing. I don't think this is a terribly radical viewpoint. Frankly, I'm a little confused. It's the 21st century and we're arguing about birth control? Really? Did I accidentally go back in time and now there's a chance my mother might fall in love with me, irradicating my own existance? Is this something I need to worry about??
But anyway, assuming it's still 2012, here's what I really don't get:
Everyone says that most of the people who are against birth control are men. And if men could get pregnant, this wouldn't be an issue. It's all about punishing women for having sex. Except....
Don't men like sex?
In fact, it could be argued that they like it more than women. A lot more. I mean, rapists... they're almost all men, right? Prostitutes might be mostly women, but the ones who are willing to actually pay money for sex are almost all men. The women are just trying to make a living. And those jokes about married couples... isn't it the woman who usually has the headache and tries to get out of sex? Is there really any indication that women are these sex-starved creatures that men are fighting off with a stick?
So why is it a bad thing that your wife/girlfriend has birth control and can have sex with you more often?
And on the procreation issue, the same thing applies. Do men give squeals of pleasure when they hold a tiny newborn baby? Do men walk through the baby aisle in a department store and have to touch all the tiny little baby clothes? Do men get "plucky" and jealous of their expecting friends? Do men want babies THAT BAD?
To be honest, in most married couples I know, the men were the driving force behind waiting to procreate. Yes, the woman has to carry the baby for nine months. But after that, both parents get to be woken up at 3AM by a crying baby. And have to pay all the related expenses.
So, um, WHY do men think birth control is bad again?
Obviously, any career-minded woman should support legislation that makes it easier for us to get birth control. And you know who else should support it? Men who like having sex.