Well that’s straight forward enough.
The method of controlling birth. Or rather, controlling a women’s ability to give birth.
Its rather obvious why it may be considered positive to prevent pregnancy (and birth) from occurring every time one copulates.
But does it every seem like a strange concept to anyone?
The idea that we have a right to have sex whenever we want it, with no consequences.
We take that idea for granted now; birth control is so common its pretty much seen as a necessity. Most health insurance is required to cover it. We teach school children about what kinds to pick, and how to properly us it.
Always the focus is on CONTROL. Now that we have made having sex a right, something we can do with whomever we want, whenever we want, we darn well better have the right to control the outcomes too.
Due to this control piece, whether you believe in abstinence before marriage or not, the odds are good that you will use birth control in your life, either before or during marriage. (Some think of birth control has applying mainly to pre-marital sex, but many women who have practiced abstinence leading up to marriage opt to start birth control pills or other methods in order to prevent having children too soon after the vows.)
Because even though one of the primary reasons for sex is reproduction of humanity, we shouldn’t have to take part in that until we want to. Until we are ready. Until it fits into our life plan.
Basically, we need to be in control of that.
I wonder what our grandparents, or their parents, or so on and so forth, would think about this incessant need for control we have today. Would they find it ridiculous to know how many women, ages ranging from young to middle age, are popping their little discs made to control fertility, to circumvent natures course, to change the route of history.
Because, interestingly enough, you have to know that the advent of The Pill is changing history.
Fewer pregnancies. Yes, of course.
But fewer pregnancies must also translate into a “fewer” on a much larger scale.
Fewer children in the park. Fewer children in school. Fewer young adults learning new things. Fewer academics, musicians, artists, doctors, lawyers, presidential hopefuls, activists, preachers, teachers, authors, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers.
Which means less beauty, creativity, thoughtfulness, generosity, intelligence, contributions.
I can’t imagine a world without birth control. And I’m not necessarily agitating to start one either. I’m just thinking through the process, questioning something that has become so commonplace we accept it as a reality, a thoroughly necessary part of life, when just a generation or two ago it was almost unheard of.