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A birth control pill for men?

[xi] Quoted in Oudshoorn, The Male Pill, p. 47.

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

[xiii] Quoted in Oudshoorn, The Male Pill, p. 19.

[xiv] Quoted in Andrea Tone, Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America (NY: Hill and Wang, 2001), p. 253.

[xv] Letters are quoted in Tone, Devices and Desires, pp. 246-247.

[xvi] Dr. Lindsay R. Curtis, “Pill for men? Research under way,” Boston Globe, November 13, 1970, unpaginated clipping, Schlesinger clipping file.

[xvii] Gregory Pincus, The Control of Fertility (New York: Academic Press, 1965), p. 194, quoted in Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, On the Pill: A Social History of Oral Contraceptives, 1950-1970 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998), p. 20.

[xviii] Quoted in Tone, Devices and Desires, p. 252.

[xix] Oudshoorn, The Male Pill, pp. 87-110, quote on page 107.



  • 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.