Why do people use birth control? Actress Lena Dunham spoke out against the Supreme Court’s ruling that Hobby Lobby, and other “closely held” corporations don’t have to comply with the contraception mandate.
More recently, The Huffington Post wrote that she tweeted about why she needs hormonal contraception, and it’s not so she can have all the consequence-free sex she wants. Dunham takes hormonal contraception to help manage the pain of endometriosis.
Here is that tweet:
Birth control isn’t just for preventing pregnancy.
She got some mind-blowing replies, particularly for people who think the only use for hormonal contraception is consequence-free sex. You can see all of them here, but we’ve posted some highlights:
And here are some more replies that Dunham’s fans:
In other words, hormonal contraception helps considerably with family planning. Being able to plan one’s family around things like making sure you’re able to take care of yourself and any children you might want to have is something more conservatives ought to cheer for loudly, and yet, they don’t. It’s noteworthy that they never discuss the married women who are on birth control, so they and their husbands can make sure they’ve got their lives together enough to provide a good, nurturing environment in which to raise a child.
And yes, it does allow women to have sex without worrying about getting pregnant. This is something that men can apparently do, at least from conservatives’ points of view, because they don’t often pick on men when it comes to “consequence-free” sex. They don’t tell men the same things they tell women. Conservatives tend to hold women entirely responsible for sex, though it takes two people. Pregnancy is a punishment for sex to them, even though pregnancy should never be a punishment at all.
Conservatives also decry the “epidemic” of single mothers living under the poverty line, but they blame those women for not being more responsible, and for not planning their lives better. These same conservatives whine that we’re spending too much money on the social safety net, complain that if people want to climb out of poverty, they should apply themselves harder at work, try to get promotions, and go get a college education. They completely ignore the realities of poverty, and how family planning may help.
And, of course, the medical reasons behind hormonal contraception don’t exist. It’s about sex, and it’s about promoting Christian morals above all others, and protecting Christians’ consciences above everyone else’s. It’s a shame they won’t take Lena Dunham’s tweets, along with all the responses she got, to heart, and actually learn about the issue. They could learn something if they’d just pay attention to real people.
h/t The Huffington Post.