masters of the uterus

An interesting quick-history of birth control in this Mother Jones article.  Check it out. Here are some highlights:

1554 John Calvin calls masturbation “monstrous” and withdrawal “doubly monstrous. For this is to extinguish the hope of the race and to kill before he is born the hoped-for offspring.”

1861 First condom ad (for Dr. Powers’ French Preventative) in the New York Times: “Those who have used them are never without them.”

1975 Loretta Lynn’s “The Pill” is a country hit: “This incubator is overused / Because you’ve kept it filled / The feelin’ good comes easy now / Since I’ve got the pill.”


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