October 30, 2012
Why Accept Contraception as a Women's Issue?
While many points have been made about this campaign's contraception controversy, there's one that I haven't yet heard anyone mention. Why do we accept contraception as a women's issue? After all, there is a prophylactic designed for use by men, and insurance policies would have covered it no more than they would female birth control. Even more significantly, contraception is unnecessary unless there's the possibility of conception, something impossible without the participation of a man. In other words, contraception is always used by both sexes. The likely response here is that I'm being obtuse. "Don't you know, Duke, that women generally have to assume the responsibility for birth control?" But hold the phone. The feminists have long maintained that men should shoulder half the burden of contraception and that thinking otherwise is "sexist." So why did they make that antiquated, "sexist" assumption an implicit centerpiece in their argument for government policy? Additionally, the...(Read Full Post)