60s birth control

Barefoot & Pregnant: The Modern Oppression of Women

The last few days the news has been flooded with stories about women’s reproductive issues including abortion and contraception.

The Republicans would like to see American women knocked up. When women are constantly pregnant, especially poor women, they will also be less likely to graduate high school and attain a college or graduate degree. When women are constantly pregnant, they won’t be able to pursue competitive careers, or even work full-time. Do you fully understand the clear dangers in denying women contraception?

Having control over your own reproduction also gives you control over your own life. Control over reproduction allows you to be competitive in today’s world. It is no coincidence that the female-to-male pay ratio has continued to steadily increase since the FDA approval of the birth control pill in 1960. 1960 really was not that long ago…just 52 years.

Time Magazine cover from 1967

If Conservatives are not attempting to oppress women here, the only other option is that they want to punish women for enjoying love. Should poor women remain abstinent even when married? What about rape? Victims would be denied their most basic right to protect themselves from an unwanted pregnancy.

And the politicians talk about religious freedom. I say, what about the economic and reproductive freedoms of women!

About Claire

I grew up in both the Netherlands and the US. When I moved to America at age 10 I was confronted with conflicting social constructs of gender and class. As a student of the social and cognitive sciences, I gained a greater understanding of how human decision-making can lead to unintended system-wide consequences in the interdependent world we live in, especially when you throw stereotyping into the mix. Having struggled as both a poor and female American citizen, I am quite aware of what it means to blame a victim for their circumstances. I feel that I have a voice, and responsibility, to stand up for those who are currently silent.

2 thoughts on “Barefoot & Pregnant: The Modern Oppression of Women

  1. What about the women and children killed by domestic violence? A woman is worth far more than her reproductive capabilities. Women actually carry babies to term and men do far less. By that token I wouldn’t be surprised if men started experiencing a salary drop. It may take time but women no longer need to “marry well”. The need to work smarter and be independent. Attacking what are human and civil rights to women will also hurt men and the family dynamic.

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