We as women have been dreaming of such a thing for years — male birth control in the form of a pill. This would put the onus of reproduction control on the dude in the relationship, instead of the woman bearing the burden of having to figure out what form of birth control to use, and subsequently dealing with side effects, if there are any.
Male birth control is a bigger challenge to research scientists than female — after all, instead of dealing with one reproductive cell (the egg), they have to deal with millions of them (sperm). And of course, just one single sperm can get you pregnant, so you don’t want to let any amount slip through.
Despite these odds, work is still being done to figure out a solution. Researchers have deemed hormonal birth control for men to have undesirable side effects, so the focus has been on a couple of receptors that control ejaculation. Mice studies have determined that the possibilities are there, but more time and years of testing will have to take place before something like this comes on the market.
I’m personally not too excited about this, but am feeling a little conflicted. I’m not a fan of hormonal birth control for women, and in fact I find the statement that hormonal side effects for men are “too excessive” to be laughable without knowing for sure what they are — after all, women deal with loads of side effects and potential damage and even death when they use certain birth control options. Why is that okay for women and not men?
Furthermore, I’m also not a fan of medication. I only take it when really needed and only as a last resort. I know that much of it is necessary and life-saving, but who are the men who will be using this in the future? Will it wind up being a decades-long medical experiment, with side effects that are potentially life-changing?
However, I do overall like the swing towards helping men to carry some of the responsibility for reproductive health. Women really do bear the brunt of most, if not all, of it, even though men are truly 50 percent responsible for the outcome, and as mentioned above, much of the options women have are invasive and/or they carry risks.
What do you think about a male birth control pill?
This story is beyond comprehensible. A dance student, 13-year-old Landry Thompson, was on a training trip from Oklahoma to Texas with her dance teachers. Her mother had given one of the teachers guardianship of her during this trip via signed notarized papers. The group was at a gas station, trying to figure out where their hotel was, when they were surrounded by police. The men were pulled out of the car and told to put their hands behind their backs, and the young teen was handcuffed and placed in the back of a cop car.
Even though all three told the same story — that Emmanuel Hurd had full guardianship of the teen during this trip — the police didn’t believe them, and they placed Thompson into Child Protective Services. Her mom was originally told to fly to Houston to retrieve her daughter, but 11 hours later, she was released back into the custody of Hurd.
Oh, and the teen is a blonde-haired white girl, and both instructors are young African-American men.
This story is beyond insane. For starters, it was obviously race related, and the group was targeted because of the makeup of the ages and races in the car. And for another thing, why on earth was a child who was to be taken into protective custody put in handcuffs? Where in the police manual does it state this is a typical or accepted procedure?
The article doesn’t state whether the girl’s mother was called, but in the comments, it’s stated from another source that they did, asking why she was with two black men. Why they chose to not believe the explanation her mother gave is beyond me. They acted far too quickly and with assumptions that were incorrect, and the event was likely traumatizing for the girl, who was taken into a police car, in handcuffs, and shuffled off to protective custody where she knew no one.
The police department has refused to comment on the situation and has offered no apology to the girl, her mother, or the instructors. Ridiculous.