Thursday, January 15, 2009

It's The Wimmin's Fault!

A nice piece in the Guardian about the evils of the contraceptive pill, as seen through the Roman Catholic lens:

Roman Catholic leaders have pounced on a "confession" by one of the inventors of the birth control pill who has said the contraceptive he helped create was responsible for a "demographic catastrophe".

In an article published by the Vatican this week, the head of the world's Roman Catholic doctors broadened the attack on the pill, claiming it had also brought "devastating ecological effects" by releasing into the environment "tons of hormones" that had impaired male fertility.

Don't you just love it? Not only does the pill kill babies! But it's also killing male fertility, and the whole globe! And decimating Europe of its white citizens!

Of course the contraceptive pill is something women use so the article is also blaming uppity women for all those things.

I can never get my head around this idea of celibate men writing accusing articles about women who are not having enough white children. OR the idea that a church which will not let women be priests or anything else with real power then yells at women in general. Unless it's all just misogyny.

Oh, and if you wondered:

Angelo Bonelli, of the Italian Green party, said it was the first he had heard of a link between the pill and environmental pollution. The worst of poisons were to be found in the water supply. "It strikes me as idiosyncratic to be worried about this."

A leading gynaecologist and member of the New York Academy of Science, professor Gian Benedetto Melis, called Simón's claims "science fiction", saying that the pill blocked ovulation only.