Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, freelance journalist, has brought up an interesting subject in The Guardian. How come that young people (women in particular) are ditching contraception and simply think they are blessed with lots of luck? She’s writing from her point of view, but also from other young women’s point of view. Let’s see what is being said about contraception.
The thing is that: yes when you’re young, you’re kind of fearless and think that nothing can go wrong. A lot of young people have unprotected sex and they are claimed to be the poster demographic for unprotected sex. But the thing is that women who are way past their teens and who are now at a ‘responsible’ age, are having unprotected sex. And I say responsible because they pay bills, rent and have a career, but just can’t seem to use contraception. These days a lot of women rely on the ‘pulling out’ method. In America 31% of young women between 15 and 24 have relied on this method at least once. Many women say that they use this method because they don’t like using condoms or the pill. Mostly because their partner doesn’t like them either, or because they don’t like the additional hormone dose.
Here are three stories about young women who are not using any contraception, but are ‘pulling out’ instead.
“Pulling out is our main method of contraception.” This is what Harri Wright says. She never liked the pill because it made her feel weird and she experienced nausea. Her and her boyfriend use the pulling out method and keep an eye on her cycle.
“I think I’m more mature now. I sort of want to go back and shake the younger me and make her see sense.” Says Jess Tyrer (23). Well by all means, please do. She has had unprotected sex quite a lot and just never had the worry about STD’s or pregnancy. Ignorance is bliss? I don’t know. I’m just glad that she sees it differently now.
Last but not least we have Emma Alfonoso (26). With her it all started out when she was a teenager and was actually ‘manipulated’ by her boyfriend. She was unsafe once, it ended well, so she got over the fear. She believes condoms are a mood killer, no matter what sort it is. And the pill is a pain to keep track of, plus it caused some horrible side effects. She says: “having unprotected sex is one thing, but not getting checked and having unprotected sex when you’re not sure whether you are clean or not is quite another.” She sure is right about that.
I have to say that this article surprised me a lot. I actually thought that women were the ‘sensible’ ones when it comes to safe sex. Apparently not. I might be overly concerned when it comes to being safe, but that’s how I like it. I hope teenagers get some good advice from their parents and educators and do practice safe sex, because, yes unsafe sex can happen, but it would be a lot better and less risky if it didn’t. You can read the full article here.