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Birth Control Sabotage: Yet Another Way Sexual Agency is Under Attack

June 1, 2010

I cannot believe this.  Birth control sabotage (and according to a commenter, “contraceptive interference” is its real name) is just another form of men attempting to control women’s bodies (as noted in the article, men can be victims of this sabotage, too, but this example is of a woman), and this article details a particularly egregious example.

The idea that the man in question thought it was totally normal to remove her Nuva Ring and his condom without asking or informing her during sex is mind-boggling.  And his response when called on it?  “That’s what I had always done.”  He sounds legitimately clueless as to how big of a violation this is.  Who told him that was acceptable?  Where did he get the idea that not only is birth control optional, even when clearly the woman has asked for it and wants it, but that he doesn’t even have to respect her enough to tell her or ask her?  Also, what else would the Nuva Ring be for, other than to wear and use during sex?  There’s a facebook group about “standing up to idiots” that you can join to express your support for her in her crusade to talk about this issue.  It’s also a little distressing that there’s nothing to protect a woman from this kind of sabotage, except possibly if she became pregnant from it.

Yet another example of how women’s sexual agency and volition are still under frequent attack.  The one good thing from this is the reaction she’s gotten from other men that are just as outraged as her.  She takes that as a good sign for change, and I am inclined to agree.

And lastly, if you’re interested in learning more or doing more, check out Know More Say More for information.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Robin permalink
    June 2, 2010 5:03 PM

    While I totally agree with a woman’s sovereign control of her body and her birth control, I would like to point out that NuvaRing can be removed during sex without any break in coverage, and that doctors actually recommend this to couples who can feel the ring during sex.

  2. July 6, 2010 3:27 PM

    I notice much of the research cited in support of their agenda is not very stringently controlled for variables. Like this one, their studies seem to rely heavily on tallying up compilations of subjective reporting materials … you rate yourself on a scale given, you estimate how many times a week you do something, etc. The conculsions they draw from their research appear to be way too much of a stretch, in relation to the data that was reviewed.

    • Jill permalink
      July 6, 2010 5:11 PM

      Did you read the full article? That was not the methodology they employed. Subjects were given an ACASI survey (basically a survey read to you on a computer) that asked them directly whether they had ever experienced a variety of kinds of reproductive coercion and birth control sabotage (e.g. “Has someone you were dating or going out with ever taken off the condom while you were having sex so that you would get pregnant?”).

      It was broken down quite extensively by a number of relevant demographic variables, and the researchers took into account several potential confounding variables (recruitment site, age, ethnicity and immigrant status).

  3. August 10, 2010 5:51 AM

    It’s also a little distressing that there’s nothing to protect a woman from this kind of sabotage, except possibly if she became pregnant from it.

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