So we've previously established that there is good reason for an all-male priesthood. Obviously, the next base to cover on the Church's cruel oppression of the fair sex is the question of contraception. Because, when the Church isn't dropping baby girls off at convents to grow into neurotic, repressed virgins, they have to make life harder for the married ones by telling them to crank out as many kiddos as possible until their health is utterly destroyed and their Christmas photos look like they were dug up from the archives of nineteenth-century polygamists... right?
Ha. Hahaha. No. Let's take a closer look at the question of the Great Contraception Deception and find out who really cares about the woman.
Can I point out something? Okay, here it is: fertility is not a disease. The cultures of Ye Olden Days seemed to realize this, despite the fact that they also had methods of birth control (on a side note, here's a history of birth control if you were curious). The Celtic wedding colour was red to symbolize fertility. When an acquaintance of mine married, her old-fashioned Chinese mother-in-law gave her a 'fertility egg' to put in their house and hopefully give them more children. Most old superstitions include some plant or action or word that will grant the believer a baby. Now, I definitely am not suggesting that we go hang hawthorn branches over our doors so that pregnancy will automatically occur on the eve of a full moon, while the woodland creatures gather outside a la The Lion King, but I do suggest that we hearken to the underlying message of our forebears: that fertility is not, as modern society would like us to believe, some inconvenient sickness to cure with sterilizations and patches and pills, but something valuable; and that marriage, more especially the sexual aspect, naturally leads to children. In fact, the root of the word 'matrimony', the Latin 'matrimonium', comes from 'matron' or 'mother'. So there you have it- marriage means the making of a mother.
One of the main problems of artificial contraception is that it treats fertility, and usually the woman's fertility in particular, like a problem. Do you know what's a problem? When we detach a portion of a person from the rest of them. Reproductive organs are just as much a part of a person as their long legs or their sharp wit or their athletic prowess or their mad chess skills. People would be rightfully outraged if a man asked his girlfriend to play dumb so that he could be pleasured by dominating their relationship, yet nobody bats an eye when girls everywhere try to shut off their unique ability to co-create another human being, because their partners, while all too ready to take their bodies, time, and energy, are evidently unprepared to take responsibility for their own actions. Newsflash: sex naturally results in another human being, so if you aren't fine with the idea of finding out that you're going to be a parent next month, don't have sex. Why? Because contraception often fails. Jennifer Fulwiler has this to say about the Great Contraception Deception:
Every society must create two critical moral lists: conditions under which it's acceptable to have sex, and conditions under which it's acceptable to have a baby. And in almost every culture from the beginning of time, the two lists were identical. The details of what rules the lists contained may have varies according to social customs, but the one thing almost every civilization had in common was that its two lists matched. When contraception became widely used, it caused an unprecedented upheaval in which, for one of the first times in human history, the lists no longer matched. Women ... had effectively been told: "Having a baby right now would ruin your life? Go ahead and participate in the act that creates babies anyway."She goes on to say that each of her friends who had ended up in abortion clinics had been using contraception when they conceived. According the Guttmacher Institute, more than half of the women who had abortions in the early 2000s had been using contraception at the time of conception, and also estimated that 'a woman using birth-control with a 1% risk of failure over a ten-year period has a 70% chance of experiencing an unexpected pregnancy'. Barrier methods also do nothing whatsoever to protect a person from certain sexually-transmitted diseases, namely Human Papillomavirus (for which there is no cure), which are transmitted merely through skin-to-skin contact. The largest deception of the contraceptive culture is that contraception is actually reliable, which, as has just been pointed out, is a lie. People advocating for contraception- doctors, nurses, magazines, etcetera- often recommend that, in addition to hormonal birth control, a barrier method is used at the same time. 'cause, you know, each is completely reliable and makes sexual activity 'safe'. But safe from what?
I need a glass of water, and this is to be continued.