Damn Birth Control! Repent, and Thou Shall Be Saved!

It is the Twenty-first century, so far away from the year that Christ our Lord was born, and it is showing in our society. Women run a muck in the streets. They’re fornicating out of marriage, living with guys out of marriage, having children out of wedlock, getting divorces, and even… I don’t know if I can bring myself to say it… having sex for pleasure!

Everyone knows it’s a woman’s God-given duty to have children, so sex should therefore only be used for that purpose. That is how God intended it, after all. women are losing themselves to free thinking and feminism!

Protect your daughters from sin! Make sure they pledge their virginity to their fathers. Control how your teenagers dress. They should not allowed to be making decisions on their own yet, their pre-frontal cortexes are still underdeveloped. It’s up to you to show them guidance!

And it is during the teenage years that they are at their weakest point. That is when the Devil can get to them!  Make sure they wear long sleeved shirts and pants at all times, even during the middle of summer. That is when this problem is at its peak–the Devil inside of them wants to go out and play in the heat. Keep your teenagers close to your sides at all times. Don’t listen to this “going over to my friend’s” charade.

And for goodness sake, don’t give them birth control! That is just like giving them the green light to go forth and fornicate with everything you can. Women should not be allowed to be in control of their own sexuality. That’s just plain wrong! If it weren’t for having children, a woman should stay celibate and pure all her life.

Don’t give into the Devil! Birth control is of the evil one’s work. For your daughter’s 16th birthday, don’t get her a car. Get her what she really needs–a chastity belt. I promise you, you won’t regret it. She’ll thank you later.

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Babies having Babies. That’s why we need Planned Parenthood

Yes, it’s true. America has the highest rates of births to teenage mothers (even though it’s lowered since 1990). Our number is so high it’s double that of the next highest country—the United Kingdom (including Ireland). Babies having babies is a problem, it’s true. However, I’m not so sure critics and politicians are so worried about rampant immorality, the hardships of a single teen mother, or the effects of fatherlessness as they are worried about women’s sexual agency.

Let me explain.

Republicans claim to have family values, they claim to be worried about unintended pregnancies, but last year they tried to get rid of Planned Parenthood and Title X. Both of these provide millions of women with birth control, healthcare, and lifesaving screenings for breast and cervical cancer. Planned Parenthood goes further, providing contraceptives, family planning, HIV testing, STD preventatives and treatment, general/men/women healthcare, LGBT services, and yes, sometimes abortions or morning after pills. Republicans claim that it’s the abortion thing that has them running after Planned Parenthood like rabid dogs, but in Texas they sued clinics that didn’t even provide abortions.

What’s more, efforts to “stop” teen motherhood have included things like increasing restrictions on access to birth control and even birth control information. How in the world are teens not supposed to get pregnant if we don’t teach them how to protect themselves? Teens are going to have sex whether you like it or not. We need to accept this undeniable, unpreventable truth, and prepare them to handle themselves, not keep them in the dark and cross our fingers that nothing bad happens. Clearly, that isn’t working. I have a friend who didn’t know what birth control pills were until her college health class.

We all have a different way of looking at the world. I, a white, female college student born in 1991, don’t see the world the same way Bill my neighbor would, who is a war veteran. Because the overwhelming majority of politicians are white middle-aged males and of a high socioeconomic status, the way they perceive the world is not the same as how a poor young black mother sees the world, or how a widowed Asian-American woman sees the world. And how could they? They live in completely different realities.

However, the power through which the politicians, the elite white males, operate creates dominance over everyone else, and oppresses those who do not share their unique view. The lack of diversity in Congress creates a very narrow view of the world. The eras that those politicians grew up in affect their values and what they think is “valuable”, which may not be in the best interest of women. Apparently, this is the case. Because, the real problem here is not teenage pregnancy, but unwed mothers. Only 20% of babies born to single mothers are teenagers. 60% are unwed mothers, women between the ages of 20 and 30 years that are raising a child. This seems to be the real issue here. Women nowadays are more sexually active, and Planned Parenthood provides women with the knowledge and tools to control their own health and sexuality.

But also, the other problem of “babies having babies” is it can be a way to blame women for men’s irresponsibility. Politically, we are saying to young women if they are going to dance, they will have to pay the piper. (Although, we all know it takes two to tango.)

What do all these horrible cliches mean? The way we’re dealing with this problem is as useless and old as this language. Maybe the answer to this problem is we need to increase the abilities of young women to become responsible (health care, birth control, knowledge), and to foster a more responsible young manhood.