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Monday, October 6, 2014

God forbid you get pregnant

Posted on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Playing the necessary game, I’ll begin with stating that I am a young person who identifies as male, and recently, I was required to buy PlanB for my partner of almost-a-year. I don’t want to give credence to the stereotypical snickers from the pharmacist, which in my state, I might have projected. Rather, I want to bitch about the stale patriarchal reality that is woman’s products. Mediating the officialized space between myself and the white-coated pharmacists, a space between error and exoneration, which is ultimately bridged by a payment of $50, I asked for the infamous two pills. After the transaction, I shook the box, understanding from the delayed rattle that the two little pills sit somewhere within a box much too large for the sole purpose of housing the pills; or, of providing enough space for what we might consider to be the bible – pun intended – that is the intake instructions. No, in fact, one gets the (Roland) Barthesian idea that if we see PlanB for how it really is, the box and the little pills almost give the impression of conception itself: a womb pregnant with its minuscule seed, conspicuous in size like a rounded belly. Insemination…no, SEX, in all of its deviations, what is most private, must be made obvious in a culture that maintains anachronistic and tired beliefs regarding the equivocal relationship between “life” and promiscuity. "Men should be fertile and virile – woman should control their hormones and fertility". Our sexual and gender theory revolution stops somewhere along aisle 3, where pregnancy tests that are $60 can be found like the diamond in the multicoloured rough that is the cosmetics and hair domain. Pregnancy-shaming is a disgrace that needs to be deconstructed. In light of recent news, what I’m really trying to say is: fuck Texas. —Concerned condom-less hypocrite.

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