How or does birth control affect history?

Discussion in 'History' started by desi, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. desi Valued Senior Member

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    Anyone know anything about this?
     
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  3. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    Regarding the sociological aspects and impact of the convenience and acceptance of the drugs/methods?
    Regarding the philosophical aspect who will be, will not be or would not have been born?
    Regarding the social and natural impact of the population and resource control/utilization?

    Please elaborate and be more specific about what you are looking for.
     
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  5. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Contraception for women can be seen as one of the many technologies of the postwar era that changed women's lives, such as the proliferation of appliances that took over time-consuming household chores like laundry. This was part of a larger pattern of freeing women from traditional gender roles. Women went to work. Their daughters went to college. Divorce became more common and more acceptable.
     
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  7. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    and now we live longer because we aren't dieing from having child after child after child...
     
  8. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    It lets women decide for the first time whether or not to give birth and when. With that they can decide on how many children to have, to a degree and when to have them. That affects the whole family she is in greatly for they can earn more money and live better lives without stressing themselves out trying to feed more childrn then they can handle.
     
  9. quadraphonics Bloodthirsty Barbarian Valued Senior Member

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    Women in the workforce is the obvious example, but another interesting effect has to do with abortion (to the extent that you consider that "birth control"). Fewer unwanted babies means fewer kids growing up in bad conditions, which in turn results in a lower crime rate. Regular birth control, then, should have a similar effect.
     
  10. desi Valued Senior Member

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    Do you think it will change the face of society? It seems like we are letting lots more immigrants than we did before birth control happened. Is there a connection or is this a red herring? Will generations of birth control tear up the fabric of society? What will society look like in the future based on the present.
     
  11. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I'd think that it will affect society in many ways. Whites have been the predominant types in America for over 2 centuries but now that is changing because , as you point out, immigrants. Soon whites will be outnumbered and lose their grip on what they want society to be like and we will see a shift in those with money and those with little. Look at South America, 90 percent are poor, no middle class and everything comes from the church...Vatican. That's what is going to happen in America for less white births means more Hispanic immigrants that will lower the standard of living for all. That's not a put down, that's just a fact to me.
     
  12. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    Birth control gave rise to the sexual revolution. To the seperation of sex and reproduction. To feminism. To the destruction of traditional gender roles. Ultimately, it creates a dramatic drop in the birth rate which results in the death of the society that uses it as its members die off without reproducing (see Europe or Russia).

    I predict that birth control pills will be outlawed in the near future. They'll decide they're not safe for some reason or other. But the real reason will be to pump up fertility rates. We obviously need condoms for safety reasons, but the "pill" is just too effective. Abortion rights will be seriously curtailed for the same reason.
     
  13. allisone417 i'll be in my room Registered Senior Member

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    Once the power to control birth was discovered, widely: the meaning of life expanded past "make as many babies as possible."
     
  14. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    Yes. Expanded to include sex, drugs, and rock and roll. All good fun, but basically a short circuit of the natural drive to reproduction.

    The ultimate result is death. Death for the individual, and, since they never got around to procreating, death to their family line, and death to the civilization that allows this to occur.

    Perhaps this is how the meek shall inherit the earth.
     
  15. jessiej920 Shake them dice and roll 'em Valued Senior Member

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    Are you saying we are all going to die off because of birth control? Birth control is just that, the ability to control was needs to be. We no longer need to constantly reproduce to maintain civilization, we are overpopulated as it is. Condoms are great for protection against diseases, but they break and this allows unplanned pregnancies which leads to unwanted children by parents who can't afford children and don't want to or can't take the responsbility to raise them which leads to more welfare and higher crime rates. If the cure to sustain the natural drive to reproduce is the elimination of birth control then I highly doubt we need other medicines like viagra to enhance it. I am going to go ahead and say that your current prediction of birth control being outlawed is wrong. If birth control is outlawed then viagra will be too. Birth control might prevent natural reproduction from happening, but viagra messes with natural selection. If you can't get it up long enough to have sex let alone impregnate someone, then you probably are not made to reproduce. The civilizations that can afford and employ birth control are in no danger of dieing out, otherwise birth control would not be needed. As for carrying out the family name, not everyone can have children or father children which is why civilizations or family lines have been dieing out looong before birth control even came into effect so I don't see how it's elimination will make much difference. I also doubt abortion will be outlawed either seeing as the need for it has sustained itself for centuries. Birth control allows both women and men choices. The oppertunity to choose when to have a child (if they can), to protect themselves and their unborn children from undesirable or even miserable circumstances, and to prevent overpopulation by lack of education. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are great, but birth control has a more substantial place in society then that. Birth control doesn't kill the drive to reproduce, it allows people to choose when they want to reproduce.
     
  16. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    jessiej920,

    Excellent post.
     
  17. jessiej920 Shake them dice and roll 'em Valued Senior Member

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    Thank you very much for the compliment

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  18. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    Bull. We are underpopulated.
    and if those trends continue?
    http://www.ncpa.org/pi/internat/intdex11.html
    So, world population begins decreasing by 25% with each generation? Where does that lead? To extinction. As Roger Waters said, "This species has amused itself to death"
    Your reasoning is flawed. You think Viagra will be banned because it's not fair to have a drug men want if you ban a drug women want? We're talking about the survival of the human species. As I said, they will ban birth control pills the way they're banning cigarrettes. A little at a time, over safety issues. They will do this or see the whole pyrimid scheme of a welfare state collapse as geezers outnumber workers!
    Again, falty reasoning. Birth control is for convenence, for the zipless fuck. For sex without consequences. Well, guess what? Sex without consequences has consequences.
    The difference will be that the societies that outlaw it will continue to exist. The others will die out or simply see their citizens replaced by immigrants willing to reproduce.
    Again with the bogeyman of overpopulation. Get out of the seventies! There is no overpopulation.
    Sex, drugs, and rock and roll are great fun. But they are part of a decadent society. So is birth control. Decadent societies do not last anymore than decadent people do.
     
  19. jessiej920 Shake them dice and roll 'em Valued Senior Member

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    Oh geez, where to even start...shall I begin with bombarding you with statistics that will mean nothing because no matter where you look or I look we will be able to find bullshit to contradict each other?

    The world population, if it continues to grow at the same rate (it currently grows 6% every 5 years), will grow at the following rate:


    2005: 6.47 billion
    2010: 6.83 billion
    2015: 7.24 billion
    2020: 7.68 billion
    2025: 8.14 billion
    2030: 8.62 billion
    2035: 9.14 billion
    2040: 9.69 billion
    2045: 10.27 billion
    2050: 10.89 billion
    2060: 12.24 billion
    2070: 13.75 billion
    2080: 15.45 billion
    2090: 17.36 billion
    2100: 19.50 billion
    In the United States, the population growth rate is currently 0.92% (or 4.69% every 5 years). Its estimated population is 295,734,134 (July 2005 est.).

    The US population, at its current rate, is expected to grow like this:


    2010: 309,604,064
    2020: 339,325,934
    2030: 371,901,091
    2040: 407,603,451
    2050: 446,733,224
    2060: 489,619,439
    2070: 536,622,714
    2080: 588,138,286
    2090: 615,721,971
    2100: 644,599,331
    The birth rate in the United States is currently 14.14 births per 1000 people/year (or 4,181,678 births per year). The abortion rate in the United States is over 6 million per year. If abortions were to suddenly become illegal in the United States the birth rate would more than double, and the population growth rate would increase to approximately 2.52% (or 13.25% over 5 years).

    Unless people protest to keep abortion legal, and unless they take mass trips to Canada or Mexico to get abortions out of the country, or go to illegal abortion clinics within the US, the population might grow like this:


    2010: 334,918,906
    2020: 429,552,337
    2030: 550,925,034
    2040: 706,592,346
    2050: 906,244,430
    2060: 1,162,309,457
    2070: 1,490,727,259
    2080: 1,911,941,564
    2090: 2,452,172,602
    2100: 3,145,049,297
    And so you see, the United States population could dramatically grow if the birth rate received a sudden unexpected boost. As it currently stands, the United States is ALREADY suffering due to overpopulation. If anything, we should have LESS people than our current number. It is only due to rampant growth of the babyboomers and the Generation X that the US population is currently overpopulated.

    In comparison, China's growth rate is only 0.58%, less than two-thirds of the United States. Indeed, in China birth rates have been dropping due to increased usage of condoms, the Pill and abortion. It is foreseeable that China will some day have a population growth rate of 0%, a stable growth rate with equal numbers of births and deaths, which will contribute to a stable economy.

    In the United States, we support families who decide to have larger families, but what we don't realize is the drain that is on the economy. Overpopulation leads to unemployment, child welfare drains money from political coffers and other economic problems. Families need to be encouraged to have 2 or less children. Right now, women in the United States have an average of 2.08 children. We are very close to reaching a 2.00/female status quo, and maintaining it.

    I am not going to quote everything in your post because that would just be annoying. You and I obviously have very different views on BC. I really don't see how you can say we are underpopulated no matter what statistics you quote at me and please define "we". "we" as in the world, US, Europe, one of the many other continents or countries within? What civilization is in danger of dieng off because of BC and abortion? Despite certain statistics, unless the sun fails to rise or the earth is blown up by an alien species, the human species is in no danger of dieing out. If you are talking about a specific race then please name the one you are concerned about. Secondly, I never used the word "unfair" once when talking about Viagra or BC. I just don't see how you can say that BC should be outlawed because it destroys "natural" reproduction when Viagra is equally "unnatural", that is flawed logic, my friend. Not only should we outlaw the ability to control unwanted births, but we should maintain a drug that will enhance them? Condoms are okay, but BC is not? So something that is not completely full-proof is acceptable, but something that is 99.9% effective should be banned?Different BC's have been known to cause blood clots in women, but Viagra has been known to cause cardiac arrest; there are risks and dangers with any type of medicine, but I don't see how they are in the same classification as cigarettes. Cigarettes serve no purpose except addiction and disease and maybe a buzz now and then if you are a light weight. I also don't see how you can say birth control is convenient. Most insurance plans won't cover it, so it's not as easy to get your hands on as you would think. Is it convenient for women who want to regulate their periods? Yes. Is it convenient for women who want to eliminate painful cramps, PMS, and spotting? Yes. Is it convenient for the men who refuse to wear condoms to protect their partners, but don't want and won't pay for children? Yes. What about a woman who is a virgin and taking BC specifically for the benefits I listed above? What if a woman is raped? You say BC is for people who want no consequences, but it's acutally for people taking the steps to prevent themselves and others from suffering consequences that are unnecessary. Taking responsibility for their actions. If they are going to have sex it might as well be safe sex, though BC does not protect against STD's, it prevents unwanted babies. You also said "Sex without consequences has consequences", but that doesn't even make sense. It's not even logical. You mention that civilizations are going to die out because of BC, but immigrants will take over because they are willing to reproduce. It's not just the immigrants who are in unfamiliar countries, but it's lack of funding and education every where and in poverty stricken areas. If BC and sex education was more readily available, then uneducated reproduction would not be a problem. You are saying that it is better to have a society filled with as many people as possible, no matter if they are wanted or unwanted, cared for or not cared for, paid for by state or by the actual parents then it is to have a society who is capable of planned and thought out pregnancies, reproducing when they are ready to, and raise children that will benefit society and contribute to our world. BC is not part of a decadent society. A decadent society is 1. characterized by decadence, esp. culturally or morally: a decadent life of excessive money and no sense of responsibility. BC is part of a culture and society trying to and willing to take responsibilty for their ability to reproduce and making sure that when they do it is the right time and place and that their off-spring will have what they need to grow and become a contribution to that society.
     
  20. Learned Hand Registered Senior Member

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    Just one comment. 6 billion & change in people, and we're concerned about extinction from birth control? We don't need that many people to survive as a species.
     
  21. jessiej920 Shake them dice and roll 'em Valued Senior Member

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    My thoughts exactly

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  22. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    Indeed. See the thread about the day off for sex in Russia. They are giving away cash prizes to women who concieve because their birth rate is dangerously low.

    The US is no where near overpopulated. Have you driven across the country? It's mostly empty.

    Oh yes, one other thing:
    PARAGRAPHS ARE YOUR FRIEND!!!!! THEY MAKE YOUR POSTS MUCH MORE READABLE.
     
  23. Learned Hand Registered Senior Member

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    And that's a bad thing?? Man, you should live in Japan or Hong Kong for a month. I bet you'd change your mind. . .
     

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