13 Jul '11, 2pm

Why aren’t men demanding decent male birth control?

Why aren’t men demanding decent male birth control?

Contraception has long been the province of women. Isn't it about time for men to get in on the game? It's obvious why women have historically been the main consumers of birth control -- we're the ones who get pregnant, give birth, and in many cases take primary responsibility for raising kids. But these days men have a lot more at stake than they used to. Gone is the era when fathers could toss a few baseballs, dole out a few spankings, and call it good. Dads are now expected to be fully engaged in childrearing (and thankfully, many are embracing the role). Also gone is the era when it was easy to support a family on one income, or even two. While the recession rages on and earning power shrinks, the cost of raising children just keeps going up; a middle-income American family can expect to spend about $227,000 [PDF] on a kid over their first 17 years. In cases where the ...

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