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The brilliant new ‘male Pill’: too good to be true?

The brilliant new ‘male Pill’: too good to be true?

According to scientists, ‘[m]en can at last be trusted to take their equivalent of the Pill’, thus clearing a ‘major hurdle’ in its development - ‘women’s  fear that their partners will forget to take it.’ The gel, rubbed into the shoulder, ‘suppresses testosterone more effectively than tablets so men produce little or no sperm’, and in a trial ‘involving 35 men aged 18 to 50, 90 per cent remembered to use a contraceptive gel every day for a year.’ Professor Richard Anderson of Edinburgh University ‘now hopes to expand the trial to 450 men’, saying: ‘“These results show men can be relied upon. It is not fair that the tedious chore of having to take a pill every day ... falls only on women’ (‘Chaps really do remember to take the male “Pill” say doctors’, Daily Mail, May 1, 2021).  


It is strange that men can now, apparently, be trusted to take a contraceptive pill when according to what we read, they can’t be trusted with anything else, and Prof Anderson’s results sound rather too good to be true. However, consultant gynaecologist Charles Kingsland of CARE fertility commented: ‘“If I were a woman, I would not necessarily trust a man to take his contraception. Part of the reason women consistently take contraception is because if they get pregnant, they will be the one that has to give birth.”’ As part of a hugely profitable industry,  Care fertility promises to offer the solution to the misery of childlessness, but actually helps to contribute to it by offering the false reassurance that middle-aged women can have children as easily as young women, even after artificially suppressing their fertility for years.


The female Pill offers women the reassurance that fertility can be turned on and off like a tap, persuading them that they can put off having children until such time as they ‘need’ the technical assistance of the fertility industry. And pace Dr Kingsland, if men forget to take their ‘male Pill’ their partners might not necessarily give birth; instead, they might be ‘persuaded’ to take another sort of pill - the abortion pill - when their partners refuse to take responsibility for the resultant baby.


This response might be even more likely if, like the female Pill, the male equivalent sometimes fails to work; according to Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of major abortion provider BPAS, many abortions result from contraceptive failure.


Neither is the ‘male Pill’ without its side-effects, as one man involved in the Edinburgh trial revealed: ‘“I do occasionally get hot flushes and night sweats. And I’ve gained 3-4 kg [around 7 lb]”’.  Its full health effects on men are not yet known, but may be serious and even life-threatening if they mirror those experienced by women.


Moreover, regarding Prof Anderson’s ‘feminist’ view that men should take a contraceptive Pill because women find it ‘tedious’, it is much more likely that his ‘male Pill’ will appeal to those men who don’t trust women to take theirs.


Perhaps the population control movement – which developed the female Pill

– has realised that men have a much stronger financial interest in contraception, since they might be liable to pay for the upkeep of any children they sire.


The results from this ‘male Pill’ trial seem too good to be true, and far from representing women’s liberation it heralds even more coercive control of women by the men who should by rights support them  – sadly, a very old story that is too true to be good.