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The technology of birth control: Has it been boon or bane socially?
The tech of birth control (BC) over the last 50 years has revolutionized our view of sex. Within this framework women have achieved control over the impact of sex on their bodies. It's arguable that this has greatly improved the lives of women, so therefore has contributed to the betterment of society. Has it? Some would say yes. Women are 'freer' now to pursue other endeavors besides child nurturing. They can 'choose' and have control over their own destinies, and can now decide the fate and auspicious timing of their families. Others cite that sex has become like silent gunpowder, in that date-rape has become epidemic - along with STD's. Women (and men) are now more than ever considered in media (and some feel in most professions too) primarily for their alluring sexuality and attractiveness (with younger and younger 'actors' referring to a thinly veiled sexual allure). Pornography is rampant. Abortion is in the millions annually. The perceived value of human life has declined precipitously parallel to the development of BC - with its myriad effects and ramifications - and there is no more commercially effective, nor now more widely utilized, marketing theme than the enticement of sexual promise. So on the whole, has our shifted focus on sex as a result of the tech of BC been a boost or a bust socially?