April 10, 2013 4:36 pm
More and more articles are bing published about the dangers of contraception. Here is one you will want to print out and hand to your friends who contract.
January 4, 2013 1:42 pm
While the United States government seems determined to provide contraceptives for free, France, where contraceptives have been free, are ready to outlaw some contraceptives because of their connection with strokes.
December 23, 2012 7:27 pm
It is impossible for mature, intelligent adults to think this is a good idea. My heart breaks for the teenagers of Philly. There will be more STIs, more unwanted pregnancies, more heartbreak, more poverty, etc. When will we wise up?
December 20, 2012 11:08 am
Perhaps it is not perfectly precise to say that women choose jerks, but one source (Lionel Tiger’s The Decline of Males) says this about the effect of the pill:
“The German researcher Claus Wedekind suggested this in a 1995 report of differences in responses to men of women on and off the pill. Women ranked the desirability of an anonymous array of smells taken from male clothing. Remarkably, they preferred the scents of men socially regarded as desirable potential mates. If remarkable, this is also understandable. These desirable potential mates had It, the Buzz, appeal. However, women using oral contraceptives reversed their preferences and chose inappropriate partners.”
The Wedekind study is referring to partners that have a better biological compatibility rather than having characteristics that make a man “socially regarded as a potential mate”, so perhaps Tiger misrepresented the study and we did the same following his analysis. Nonetheless, there are other studies that suggest that the bonding that happens between sexual partners that are chosen largely for sexual compatibility may lead women and men to bond with those who won’t make good mates and not just biologically incompatible. You might also be interested in the effects of oxytocin and vasopressin that are known as “bonding hormones.” Men and women bond during sex, even if they are not compatible in other ways. See: http://www.markgungorshow.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/WhyDidntSomebodyTellMe.pdf
Another source for this comment was a video that seems hard if not impossible now to locate on the web. It is a video entitled “Can the Divorce Pill Wreck your relationship” published in Apr 2008 on the nbc10.com website.
Moreover, women seem to prefer different males when on the pill and when not using the pill: None of this, of course, means that women choose jerks when on the pill and good men when not using the pill, but the risks are greater, it seems. See: http://www.1flesh.org/argument_page/1508/ or
What we wanted to illustrate is that chemical contraceptives do change whom a woman is attracted to without her even realizing it. To do this better we’re going to be making a new video that specifically focuses on that issue. I hope that it will better clarify the study and the question of attraction. In the meantime I recommend reading or listening to my presentation, Contraception: Why Not. It is a much more thorough analysis of the problems with contraception. Thank you for your thoughtful and polite response!
December 19, 2012 5:28 pm
This animated video uses the studies I have discovered that shows how the chemical contraceptives impact negatively on relationships. It moves quickly and provides lots of useful information. See the FAQs about “Evolutionary Desirability” for a response to a question about a claim of this video.
August 17, 2012 1:24 pm
The contraceptive pill in Africa is called the “anti-baby” pill. I asked a nun from Africa if there was resistance to the teaching of the Church on contraception in Africa. She gave a look of disbelief and said, “We in Africa always welcome new life.” This woman’s letter is very powerful:
Growing up in a remote town in Africa, I have always known that a new life is welcomed with much mirth and joy. In fact we have a special “clarion” call (or song) in our village reserved for births and another special one for marriages.
The first day of every baby’s life is celebrated by the entire village with dancing (real dancing!) and clapping and singing – a sort of “Gloria in excelsis Deo.”
All I can say with certainty is that we, as a society, LOVE and welcome babies.
With all the challenges and difficulties of Africa, people complain and lament their problems openly. I have grown up in this environment and I have heard women (just as much as men) complain about all sorts of things. But I have NEVER heard a woman complain about her baby (born or unborn).
Even with substandard medical care in most places, women are valiant in pregnancy. And once the baby arrives, they gracefully and heroically rise into the maternal mode.