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The annihilation of the woman

The freedoms wrought by the sexual revolution of the 1960s constituted a double-edged sword for women, for while men were free to indulge their sexual inclinations whenever and with whomever they pleased (HIV was not yet a concern), women were expected to be on the pill and they did indulge as well, and still do.

As Virginia Ironside reflected in a January 2011 Mail Online article, ‘The Flip Side of the Sexual Revolution:’ We paid the price for free love, women were not generally happy with their lot, “because however one tried to separate sex from love, we’d been brought up to associate the two; … when we weren’t crying, we’d giggle … about our exploits, without realizing how damaging our sexual behaviour was both to our self-esteem and our souls.”

Today, women are still discovering the serious consequences of oral contraceptive use, among which breast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even permanent infertility. But the search for a male contraceptive has been derailed over the last 50 years because the men in the studies experienced side effects such as mood disorders and acne!

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