Why Male Birth Control Won’t Catch On

Amanda Marcotte explains: “Men don’t use contraception because women are already on it. It’s the same principle in play as toilet-cleaning. I’m sure many men in heterosexual relationships imagine themselves to be the kind of people who would totally clean a toilet. But since the toilet miraculously is cleaned before they can get to it, their noble intentions are rarely tested in the real world. For men to go on the pill in large numbers, large numbers of women would have to collectively start refusing to use contraception, and that’s about as likely to happen as the pay gap closing up tomorrow.” She also points out that “vasectomies are safer, less invasive, and quicker to heal from than tubal ligations, but the rate of female sterilization in the U.S. is twice the rate of vasectomy.”