If Buying Condoms was Like Buying Birth Control

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 08:34
Submitted by Carlin Ross

This clip is brilliant.  To get birth control, young women have to jump through so many hoops and suffer a ton of indignities.  If only it was an easy as buying condoms. 

Oh, and it's much more expensive too. 

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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America & contraception

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 04:39

This is such a weird thing for a non-American to understand.

My daughter is registered with our GP who has a duty of care to keep her visits private - I would not expect to be involved in arranging her birth control unless she wanted me to be involved. Contraception should always be free.

Children should be a choice not an obligation.

America, contraception, and Judy Blume

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:59

America has always had the ghost of Puritanism lurking in a stratum of its collective unconscious. If adolescents have free access to contraception, they might be tempted to have sex. Much worse, they might even enjoy it and see it as normal. America is strangely schizophrenic about adolescence. Teenagers are seen as being one step away from being wildly out of control, but there is also a delusion that adolescents should be kept as sexless as children are supposed to be, and ought to be forced to stay that way indefinitely rather than allowed to be human beings on their way to adulthood. If adolescents are to grow into responsible adults capable of sharing pleasure with a partner and being responsible for their own bodies, then they have to be allowed to discover and enjoy their own sexuality. Teens do need accurate information, acceptance, and (yes) guidance from the adults who care about them. But at some point, they are going to be released into the world and we have to trust them, and trust that we've raised them to be loving and responsible individuals.

I was appalled to read the other day that one of Judy Blume's books for young girls, 'Deenie', is a frequent target of school censorship and protests from unenlightened parents. Why? Because a couple of sentences mention the protagonist touching her 'special place' and getting a wonderful, relaxing, 'good feeling' from it. Millions of young persons do the same perfectly normal thing, yet it's inadmissible in America to acknowledge that growing up healthy means becoming sexual. Absolutely crazy. As a country, we really do need to grow up.