What’s Current: New study finds birth control pill reduces women’s general well being

First study of its kind confirms what women have been saying for decades: the pill can negatively impact your physical and mental health.

Police arrest over 100 men for buying prostituted children in Ontario.

Capitalism is literally milking the poor: Julie Bindel investigates the breast milk industry.

Glosswitch: If you think “sex work is work”, how can you be against sex for rent?

“If anything is for sale — any body part, any experience, any relationship — then the poorest will be stripped bare. If you accept the principle that there is nothing wrong with buying sex — or ova or breast milk or babies — how do you ensure supply can meet demand? Only by making sure there are always enough women with no other options. There is no other way. There are not enough female bodies to meet male sexual and reproductive demands without any form of coercion; that’s why patriarchy, with all its complex systems of reward and punishment, exists in the first place.”

Lamont Roberts, who assaulted, stalked and harassed his ex-girlfriend, is first to be convicted and sentenced under the District of Columbia’s image exploitation (or “revenge porn”) law, which was passed in 2014.

Adults keep asking if this woman’s seven-year-old daughter is a boy because she has short hair, likes sports and dislikes princesses.

Susan Cox
Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.

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  • I’ve never been on the pill, but I don’t find it surprising that messing with your body chemistry that much would take its toll. I guess it’s back to physical barriers or sex without penetration, or, you know, women just need to deal with it. I’m trying to imagine a world where sex normally does not include penetration and can’t. It would be nice, though.

    • Meghan Murphy

      Yeah, after trying numerous pills and patches, I finally went off of it when I was 27. Never went back. Fuck it.

      • Kendall Turtle

        I have a Paraguard IUD, it has no hormones, makes periods worse though >_<

    • rosearan

      I decided to stop using the pill decades ago after about 5 years’ use. The effects suffered were breast enlargement (which the patriarchy would deem a positive), monthly migraine headaches and a general bloated feeling. Apart from this, I constantly felt apprehensive about what all those artificial hormones were doing to my body.

      In the end, I settled on the argument that it was men who derive the most pleasure from intercourse, not women, whose main centre of pleasure anatomically speaking is outside the vagina. So why should I bombard myself with artificial hormones to facilitate what is mainly male sexual pleasure?

      After that, it was condom or nothing. I didn’t find all that much opposition, as some men welcome the delayed pleasure that a condom offers. Added to that, the rise of safe-sex dictates helped enormously.

  • Rachael

    Love Glosswitch’s article (she’s superb generally!). It’s absolutely correct and an argument I may have to use.

  • Alienigena

    Why is gender role non-conformity always associated with someone who “has short hair, likes sports and dislikes princesses”. If you’ve read A.M. Homes’ “The Safety of Objects” (short story collection with one story featuring Barbie dolls) or any articles on how girls play with dolls like Barbie you would soon learn that girls do some pretty novel things to their Barbies (chop off all their hair, cut their heads off, set them on fire, have them act out entire storylines, microwave them, drive pins/nails through them, play psychodrama with them, etc.). I think playing with dolls lead me to puppetry (marionettes/performing shows) and then into 3D animation. I had really short hair at times and longer hair at others, didn’t like sports (soccer made me a bit curious but boys were hostile to girls showing an interest in the game at my school and era, and threatened interlopers with violence), liked some physical activities (camping, hiking, x-country skiing, swimming) but was forced to do others I didn’t like (e.g. downhill skiing, skating, baseball). I was mostly a reader, and had a brief princess period at age 6 but quickly realised princesses had a really boring job (waiting to be saved). Personally, I have no desire to save anyone (particularly men) from themselves, so don’t want to be their saviour. But of my peers I am probably the most gender role non-conforming as an adult (in terms of length of hair (remember they are just mostly dead (except for the root), modified skin cells, basically zombie, so don’t obsess over hair)), manner of dress, career, interests, beliefs, marital status) because whether you like it or not having relationships with men and focusing your energies on their interests and concerns is conformity. 85-90% of women do it at one time or another.

    Suggesting that girls playing with dolls is conformity (if you are insulted by my comment about male-female relationships) is insulting given that boys play with dolls (they just call them action figures) too. So why is an interest in playing with human-like figures so wrong? My tomboy best friend in childhood turned into a conforming adult female (with a few exceptions) in terms of most of her life choices. Ever consider that tomboys like hanging around boys (and will probably continue to hang around them in adolescence and adulthood too, if they are not gay), whereas the rest of us (even the non-lesbians) prefer female friends because let’s face it, women are funnier than men, and less judgemental about the important stuff (in many cases). What is wrong with a lifelong preference for female friends? Sorry, every time there is an story on gender role non-conformity, the stereotyped representations of gender just tick me off. I mean maybe as a child you imagined yourself to be a warrior princess (a powerful person) or a murderous princess, bathing in the blood of your enemies after slaughtering them. My sister and I played giants as children pretending the bacon strips we were cooking in a pan were people we planned on eating. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble about girls who conform to gender roles (in part).

    • Tired feminist

      “What is wrong with a lifelong preference for female friends? Sorry, every time there is an story on gender role non-conformity, the stereotyped representations of gender just tick me off.”

      But what is gender other than stereotypes? How could ANY gender-related concept not be based on stereotypes?

      To different degrees, everyone is gender non-conforming. I never met anyone who conformed perfectly, all the time, to either gender. There’s nothing “wrong” with conforming to some gender norms (or many) while rebelling against others; everyone does that.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Yeah exactly. It feels like we are going to a hell of a lot of trouble just to make sure men can get off, the way they want to…

    • Yisheng Qingwa

      THIS.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Same same… Not worth it. Men can wear condoms ffs.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Repeat our mantras and nothing more! https://twitter.com/palebirdy/status/854844027446980608

  • Meghan Murphy

    Yes exactly! Like, this is the best they can do??? No wonder they focus so heavily on bullying and brainwashing.

  • Sabine

    “Is it because we’ve been conditioned to believe intercourse is the “one true” sex act? That men need it above all else?”

    That’s exactly what it is!

  • fragglerock

    Fantastic article by Glosswitch. I received more than a few requests to trade my body for a place to live. These sick f***s are everywhere.

    Taking birth control can be a nightmare. I’m glad there’s more out there about how harmful it can be.

  • Tired feminist

    Yeah, I’m worried that this line of thought will just lead them to the conclusion that sex for rent is also fine, instead of the conclusion that both are bad. Liberal leftists can be that stupid.

    • lk

      If sex is just a service or a good like any other, then sex can be bartered for anything…rent, food, clothes, transportation, medical care, legal representat and etc…per pro-sex work logic, there is really no reason to stop at sex in exchange for money.

  • Tired feminist

    The upside of this is that, the more they do it, the more women achieve peak trans. 😉

  • Tired feminist

    Their aim is to convince the public opinion that gender identity is not only real, but a legitimate axis of oppression. First, they compared gender ID to sexual orientation in order to coopt the LGB movement, in which they succeeded. Comparing gender ID with race is just the next ‘logical’ step.

  • lk

    There must be some kind of pro-trans argument checklist, in the face of any criticism (no matter how rational), trans supporters do one or some combo of the following:
    -compare trans to people with disabilities and POC’s
    -mention segregation in the American south
    -mention something about intersex
    -state suicide rates/murder rates for trans people
    -accuse you of being obsessed with genitals/policing the gender binary
    -accuse you of violence
    -something about transgender animals/animals with more than 2 sexes
    -call you transphobic, terf, cis, bigoted etc…
    -and last, but not least: threaten to kill you!

    “Their entire movement is a huge fraud..”
    Yes! How a movement that makes so little sense has become part of mainstream issues blows my mind…

  • Leo

    Yeah. I do kind of wonder, though. I mean, look at what else patriarchy has managed to get the Liberal Feminists to do, and it isn’t as though none are actually involved in prostitution, as is. And this is women who consider themselves feminists. And the deal right wing women make with patriarchy might be essentially the same thing, and here’s the situation of left wing women during the hippie era, etc…

    The idea there’d be all these willing always-up-or-it females is pushing it, it’s fantasy. But brainwashing and social coercion really goes quite far.