Richard Newman writes at a compelling analysis of the relationship between gender and the policing of female sexuality at Alas, A Blog. Here's a taste:
"Most people to whom I have told this story, and it doesn’t seem to matter how old or young they are, have been as surprised as he was that I did not beat him up; and when I have asked them why–since the idea of beating him up never even occurred to me–they always give the same answer. “She was your little sister,” they say. “It was your job to protect her.”
[…] There is, in other words, a level of self-hatred involved in the violence I was, according to this logic, supposed to have done to my sister’s boyfriend, as I projected onto him the part of who I am that I would never allow myself to express with my sister. Moreover, there is an irony embedded in this self-hatred, because not to feel it, not to see someone like my sister’s boyfriend as a threat to her, and therefore to myself, is to fail as a man.
The best birth control in the world is for men. Subtitled Science: it rips your sperms to shreds!
Elizabeth Kolber at Harper's magazine asks a question that's always been on my mind: is having children immoral?
Featured image is from the etymology section of Matthew Hunt's website.