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I think our whole species needs to throw a big party. What do you think?

[ 04-29-2006, 06:11 PM: Message edited by: Rumored ]

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DarkChild717
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I really hate to be a pessimist, but they've been periodically releasing statements like this for a couple years now.

I'll throw a party when it's commercially available.

Course, it's good that the idea's there. As my mom says, "It's about damn time."

[Smile]

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Heather
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Well, here's hoping!

It's still some ways off, though. And, we'd also have to see if men would actually USE it if it became available.

Unfortunately, a lot of data we see on studies about condoms -- which aren't something that need to be taken daily, which are external, which are cheaper -- shows us that even though they're out there, easy to get, and totally safe, plenty of men -- including those who have no desire to parent -- still won't/don't use them.

Sadly, I have to confess for myself, even with a good lot of GOOD personal experiences with men being responsible about birth control (and some poor), that I would probably not trust the "average" guy to have gotten an implant when he said he did, or keep up with them on time, when most of the biggest consquences for NOT doing so are still going to be mine. Using backup is always the best move anyway, but in a lot of scenarios I could envision with something like this, I can't imagine personally, that unless I was in a sitch where I knew for sure a partner had had one in, I would ever go without.

I wish I could say otherwise, and absolutely that's influenced by my years working in international sex advice (there are plenty of men who say they have had vasectomies to women when they have not) as well as 20+ years of varied sexual partnership (including, by the way, knowing how many women will also be dishonest about BC methods they're using that one doesn't see during sexual activity), but if I'm being completely honest, there you go.

All the same, ANY new, safe and effective method is a serious bonus, and always cause for celebration. So, here's hoping development continues, gets to a final phase, and gets okayed by the health agencies to be distributed.

(Though if this goes through and gets okayed for distribution becofre bloody EC does, this girl's gonna be growlin.')

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See Miz Scarlet and DarkChild, the whole situation with EC is why I want to throw a party now. Because when this is approved, I'm afraid the religious zealots WILL use it to attempt to wrest control away from women, despite the fact that this drug has great potential for empowering BOTH halves of a couple. (Or all parts of a polyamorous relationship.)

More likely than not, insurance will cover the male contraceptives AND viagra AND continue to deny women birth control for "religious reasons."

So let's have our party before the stuff actually hits the fan!

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Heather
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Just feels premature to me.

As DarkChild mentioned, articles like this have been periodically coming out for a loooong time, and pretty much alywas say "in the next couple years."

I also am just a lot less excited by this than I would be the prospect of, say, the HPV vaccine being distributed, of new, safe and inexpensive birth control which WOMEN could control being developed, of medicare covering birth control again, insidead of Viagra, or of EC finally getting OTC status.

I know, I'm a party pooper.

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Actually, I think you're just a realist, Miz Scarlet. I just want to beleive there's hope before the government, insurance companies, religious leaders and misinformed soccer moms prove me wrong again. I had a small, one-person party (i.e. drank a glass of sparkling Martinelli's and danced around my room) when I first heard about the HPV vaccine.

If I wait for the things you listed, I'm afraid I won't be celebrating until I'm post-menopausal. Which is a long ways away right now.

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Heather
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You'd be amazed at how fast the time passes, actually (says someone starting to show signs of peri-menopause). [Razz]

I think there is hope, really. We just need a LOT more activism on these fronts than we've had.

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