“Do you think that women who take birth control pills really know how they work? Maybe they think that if they take them after having sex, it prevents them from getting pregnant.”
It was an honest question posed to me by an educated man, but the question made me wonder if it was men who might be unsure of how birth control pills work.
I responded by saying that , “…I had to believe that women who took The Pill for the purpose of preventing pregnancy were educated by their gynecologists as to how it worked… getting pregnant, or not getting pregnant, was something that consumed a good bit of women’s waking consciousness for their entire lives.”
Once I had said, “…it was something that consumed a good bit of women’s waking consciousness for their entire lives,” my mind went off in a different direction.
I realized that “getting pregnant” was probably way far down on the list of things with which men concerned themselves, and it hardly came under the category of “consuming a good bit of their waking consciousness for their entire lives.”
What if there was a ‘condition’ that men were, for the most part, biologically required to experience, that would consume a good bit of their waking consciousness for their entire lives?
I love an analogy, so I tried this one…
”What if at age 13 all men automatically lost their left arm… it just fell off… and if they had sex, it automatically grew back? But it was Against The Law for a man to have a left arm after the age 13, and if he did get caught with a left arm, it meant a sentence of 18 years duration, a subsequent lifetime probation, and a hefty financial penalty… do you think it would become something that consumed a good bit of men’s waking consciousness for their entire lives?”
“And what if there was a Pill, let’s call it His Expensive Legal Pill, H.E.L.P. for short, which allowed men to have sex without their arm growing back? Would it be covered by their insurance?”
A curious question for curiouser and curiouser times.