Poll: Would You Rely on a Male Birth Control Pill?

If a male birth control pill hit the market today, would you rely on it? Pick the answer that best reflects your strongest conviction, men in the first poll, women in the second:

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4 years 7 days ago

I’m with bliss. It’s not that men are any stupider, but I have had quite a bit of trouble remembering, so I would be focused on if my partner remembered. Frankly, I think that the pill, no matter who is taking it (if my partner were on it, I’d probably want to be too as a backup) is difficult and less convenient than a lot of options.

4 years 11 days ago

I want the male pill now!!!! I hate being on the pill – it makes my body feel weird, and frankly it’s no secret that condoms suck, the take away a layer of closeness and substitute it with rubber instead – the lube expenses are ludicrous.

And to all the women who wouldn’t trust a man to take birth control? Puh-lease! Can we please treat men like they are actual adults who are just as concerned about the baby thing as we are? I would be very comfortable and relieved if my boyfriend could take the pill and we could engage in coitus anywhere any place with out being all condomy about it…

4 years 15 days ago

Look, if you feel more comfortable taking the pill yourself because it gives you maximal control over your own reproductive potential, then great.

But I guffaw at the implication that men would be less responsible about correct, routine pill use than women. HAW!

4 years 15 days ago

It’s also going to make him the potential father, which I think should be given some significance. If we want and expect men to be responsible parents, to take care of any children they create–accidentally or otherwise–we need to also acknowledge their role. Your body wouldn’t be able to carry that potential baby without sperm being, in some way, introduced. I still think that the best idea is for both parties to participate in contraception, period; I would never advocate putting the burden entirely on one person. It takes trust on both sides, every time, no matter what. If women don’t allow men to have some power in the reproductive world, then men are never going to see themselves as a part of it, and cue Cat’s in the Cradle. And if male birth control gets shot down simply because women want sole control, I think that’s a tragedy. The idea here, for me, has always ever been more power to more people–not changing power from one to another. I don’t want to take away your rights, or deny you your responsibility; I simply want to increase the rights and responsibility available for everyone.

4 years 15 days ago

Look, I have a hard time remembering to take my pill every day. I’m in a long-term, committed (marriage, kids, the picket fence and all) relationship, and despite alerts on my phone, active habit-forming routines, and an alarm clock reminder, I still sometimes forget! Life gets in the way, as it always will, and while I’m massively grateful to my boyfriend for reminding me to take along my pill case when we’re away from home and the like, yes, sometimes I still forget.

So, if I have that much trouble remembering (and its MY body in which a potential baby will be inhabiting, MY life that will be hugely changed)why on earth would I trust that responsibility to someone else? This doesn’t mean that I don’t respect, trust, and love my mate. This doesn’t mean that I don’t think men are incapable of acting like mature, responsible adults. But because I’m a woman, and my body is specifically made for making babies, I believe that means that the weight of birth control lies with ME! And yes, that’s taking into account that my mate and myself have had open, communicative, and clear conversations about our future children.

If tomorrow my mate could suddenly be in control of ‘our’ birth control, I still want to be the one responsible for taking a pill. Its my body. Its my responsibility.