July 24, 2012 3:29 pm
Mary Eberstadt is the go-to woman for the social arguments against contraception. She also discusses the painful inability of the academic establishment and the culture to face the dreadful consequences of the sexual revolution:
There’s more censorship and self-censorship about the legacy of the sexual revolution than about any other current issue out there. The fact is that people today are less free to talk candidly about this legacy than people were half a century ago. That tells us a lot. A mind can be a terrible thing to change.
July 17, 2012 8:14 am
One of the major reasons for pushing contraception is the fear that the world is overpopulated. This short video makes clear that population growth has greatly slowed over the years and by the year 2075 population itself with begin to decline. Certainly contraception has contributed to the population growth decline, but the same could be achieved by use of Natural Family Planning. The billions saved could be used for education, health care, etc.
July 16, 2012 10:11 am
There seem to be countless studies and articles now that confirm the common sense of saving sex until marriage. Most of those who do, complete college and get jobs and have babies who have two parents who have made a lifetime commitment to each other. Which is good for EVERYONE!
Ms. Faulkner is married and living on two paychecks, while Ms. Schairer is raising her children by herself. That gives the Faulkner family a profound advantage in income and nurturing time, and makes their children statistically more likely to finish college, find good jobs and form stable marriages.
Ms. Faulkner goes home to a trim subdivision and weekends crowded with children’s events. Ms. Schairer’s rent consumes more than half her income, and she scrapes by on food stamps.
July 19, 2012 11:32 am
On Al Kresta Life 5:00 Wed July 18 – “Catholic” Melinda Gates on a Mission to Provide the “Pill” to Every Woman on Earth
Melinda Gates, the Catholic wife of software czar Bill Gates and co-chair of his charitable foundation, has taken a public stand against the Church’s teaching on contraception. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spearheading a drive to distribute contraceptives in impoverished countries, and Melinda Gates—who is described in news stories as a “practicing Catholic”—insists that the initiative “makes sense” to most people. Brushing aside the Church’s condemnation of artificial contraceptives, Gates said that her Catholic-school education taught here to “question received teachings.” Claiming that birth control has not increased the level of promiscuity in society, Gates argues that there should be no longer be a debate about the value of contraceptives. “I think we made birth control and contraceptives way too political in the United States,” she said. Moral theologian Dr. Janet Smith is here to respond.
Hear the podcast here.
July 16, 2012 5:22 pm
Women in third world countries want justice and equality, not drugs.
June 20, 2012 3:04 pm
Most of the material I post here is “scientific”in nature; that is, it cites scientific, psychological and sociological data. I concentrate on such studies because the prejudices of our times assume that quantifiable truth, is the only “truth” there is.
My conviction, however, is that theological and philosophical truths get at the most important realities and do so in the most important way, by founding claims on revelation and reason. This is an excellent philosophical analysis of how contraception has changed our understanding of sex from something sacred to a mere commodity. Read all the installments; they are wonderful.
Contraception has enabled people to treat sex as a low-priced commodity—an item to consume and thereby buildsocial capital. Instead of sacralizing sex as earlier cultures have done, we have mass-produced it. We have disenchanted it by treating it simply as a bodily function leaving the mediation between lovers to pharmaceutical and other corporations. The church has been pushed out of the bedroom, and the pharmaceutical corporation has been invited in its place.