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A birth control pill for men?

[i] Survey respondent Leslie Cowan, age 27, 2008

[ii] Nelly Oudshoorn, The Male Pill: A Biography of a Technology in the Making (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003), pp. 29-31.

[iii] No byline, “Birth control” is male contraception the answer?” Good Housekeeping, April 1969, vol. 168, no. 4, pp. 201-203, quote on p. 202.

[iv] Oudshoorn, The Male Pill, pp. 6-10, 46.

[v] George Gallup, “Male Sterilization Approved,” Boston Globe, September 4, 1970, unpaginated clipping, Schlesinger clipping file.

[vi] Elizabeth Canfield, editor, Emko Newsletter, August 1973, p. 2 (Schlesinger clipping file).

[vii] Oudshoorn, The Male Pill, pp. 24, 70-73, 87-88; Tone, Devices and Desires, pp. 253-254.

[viii] Harold Jackson, “Chemical Methods of Male Contraception,” quoted in Oudshoorn, The Male Pill, p. 19.

[ix] Oudshoorn, The Male Pill, p. 21.

[x] Oudshoorn, The Male Pill, pp. 39-40, 72.



  • Shannon Ennis

    Erica Jong’s observation that “Irony is a vestigial bone in the television viewing audience” made me laugh so hard I passed a birth control pill as though it were a kidney stone. Bravo!

  • douglasstearns

    men, need and want more choices for birthcontrol

  • Mohammad Samir Siddique

    Men absolutely do not need a pill.  It really does come down to cost v. benefits, and honestly speaking, the side effects that come with the pill are not even close to the benefit that males could get.  Use a condom, correctly.  Not only will it prevent pregnancy, but it will also protect against sexually transmitted disease, something the pill does not do.