Thursday, April 29, 2010

On The Pill, Family, And Society

When thinking about "the Pill" consider the contradictions:
It was the first medicine ever designed to be taken regularly by people who were not sick. Its main inventor was a conservative Catholic who was looking for a treatment for infertility and instead found a guarantee of it. It was blamed for unleashing the sexual revolution among suddenly swinging singles, despite the fact that throughout the 1960's, women usually had to be married to get it. Its supporters hoped it would strengthen marriage by easing the strain of unwanted children; its critics still charge that the Pill gave rise to promiscuity, adultery and the breakdown of the family.
- Nancy Gibbs, "Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill," in Time 175.17 (2010): 40.

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