Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Science: Too Late? Or Too Dangerous?

Good news for men, maybe too late for some...

As described in more proper scientific detail here, it seems that we are a huge step closer to a proper male contraceptive pill. Why is this important? Well, unless you lived in a cave - and alone - until just now, you'll be painfully (if you're a man at least) aware that men do not have full and proper control of their fertility. They are dependant on condoms - which do fail - and on women - who are also prone to forgetfulness when it comes to contraception. An oral, safe and effective, male contraceptive pill would be a real boon for many generations to come. After all, we're so much under control of women (regardless of what neo-feminists may say) that winning this little battle would feel very, very good indeed. A boon if ever there was one, no? Well, not necessarily. The danger I see is that it will remove one important reason to use condoms. Which in turn means that many, especially young and promiscuous, won't use them. Which in turn means that AIDS and other STDs suddenly become a larger problem than they already are. Which can only be a bad thing. So, the question that needs answering - and soon - is: how do we get men use condoms even if they can pop a pill and be sure they won't become fathers? I must admit, I don't have a good answer to that, but hopefully someone will, and in time.

And no, it's not too late, it rarely ever is...