If pills for both sexes were a reality, conflict would be inevitable. How would my partner and I decide who takes the pill? Would we trade every other year? Flip a coin? A high stakes round of rock, paper, scissors? As previously mentioned, a contingency of women would, of course, still choose to take their pill (probably for the same reasons I posed throughout this piece) but I think it's fair to think some women would skip the pill—due to the negative side effects, price, and general opposition to taking a capsule every day. But still, we would each need to present our cases.
So, when I asked my girlfriend, who originally spurred my thoughts, she agreed that we would have to make the decision together. "In the end, I'd probably want you to get on the pill, just so you can know what it's like."
"Also, man up, dude."
I couldn't have said it any better, myself.
Wil Fulton is a staff writer for Supercompressor. His own personal brand of birth control are his Toy Story bed sheets. Follow him @WilFulton.
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