- Vasectomies are one of the best ways to prevent pregnancy and are nearly 100% effective. It may surprise people to know that many men can still successfully plan a family after a vasectomy.
- Vasectomies are extremely safe. There has never been a death attributed to the procedure. There are no side effects and complications are rare.
- Female contraception options have well-known side effects which can be severe, including death. Pregnancy carries its own set of health risks, including death, as well as disproportionate risk to women’s lives, including their social status, relationships, and careers.
- Vasectomies are no more invasive than a woman getting an IUD implanted.
- Many men can still plan a family after a vasectomy. Pregnancy rates after a reversal procedure range from 30-90%. Men can also bank their sperm prior to their vasectomy, just in case. Men also still produce sperm after a vasectomy, it simply no longer mixes with semen and is reabsorbed by the body. Therefore, sperm can be withdrawn and used to fertilize your partner’s egg by IVF with a decent degree of success. Sperm can even be extracted and frozen for a future IVF procedure.
- There’s another alternative that doesn’t affect men’s fertility: condoms. They are incredibly effective and prevent STD’s to boot. They don’t require a prescription, they don’t cause brutal side effects, and they are inexpensive and readily available. Yet, men generally don’t like condoms because they slightly reduce their own sexual pleasure. In fact, women frequently report being pressured to have sex without them, as well as “stealthing,” which is removing the condom without consent (note: this is assault). Therefore, using them would require men to value the life of their partner more than their own temporary pleasure. This makes vasectomies the better choice.
- Because men cause 100% of unwanted pregnancies, and because the birth control options available to them require significantly less risk than they do for their partners, men’s preferences regarding risk and bodily autonomy should not supersede a woman’s.
Linguist Julia Penelope studied how passive language shapes oppression. In general, oppression often involves scapegoating and other tactics that shift focus from the oppressor. Consider the following sentences:
- John beat Mary.
- Mary was beaten by John. (Passive voice; shift of focus to Mary)
- Mary was beaten. (We remove John from the conversation altogether)
- Mary was battered. (Using a synonym to replace “beaten”)
- Mary is a battered woman. (Mary is the focus and her identity is now as a “battered woman”)
Also, consider the phrase “violence against women” versus the more efficient “men’s violence”.
Source: Jackson Katz (I highly recommend The Macho Paradox for those unfamiliar with his work.)