How nicely the feeling of personal virtue and moral superiority some people get from doing the organic thing dovetails with the feeling of personal virtue and moral superiority some people get from being pious. The latest, from Broadsheet and Jessica at Feministing: “Organic Sex“:
“Many women, in an effort to live healthily, who have [sic] turned to organic and unprocessed foods. They have come to also realize that artificial contraception isn’t very healthy either, and that its numerous side effects should be avoided.”
Now, there are plenty of reasons that women may be uneasy about taking hormonal birth control — I know I never had much luck with BCPs, seeing as how I had to take a high-dose pill due to getting my period every 22 days (16.6 times a year!) and missing a dose time by even a few minutes could get me bleeding for a MONTH — but there are plenty of very effective barrier methods that don’t involve altering body chemistry or inserting foreign objects into one’s uterus.
Oh, but no. According to the site quoted above, Contra-Contraception, the only way to have “organic sex” is to do away with all forms of birth control except the rhythm method, and to embrace Natural Family Planning.
Hmm. Now where have we heard this before?
Oh, that’s right! From Dawn Eden and her acolytes! And look — Contra-Contraception is a sister site to Mary Worthington’s No Room For Contraception, which takes an explicitly religious stance in advocating NFP (which may very well kill more blastocysts than hormonal BC). From Broadsheet:
The Contra-Contraception campaign also (untruthfully) denies any affiliation with the religious right, claiming that it’s just into natural sexuality. “It’s time to get to the heart of the matter, and time for the media to stop smearing the effort by labeling it as a religious movement,” the site says. “Organic sex is here to stay, and more and more people from all walks of life are enjoying it.”
Very sneaky, guys! But as Jessica points out, “Contra-Contraception isn’t some site run by organic-sex loving folks who are worried about the health implications of hormonal birth control.” Instead, it’s brought to you by Worthington, who, as Jessica noted back in March, has also likened birth control to euthanasia and speculated that contraception could lead to homosexuality.
Priya Jain’s Salon article on the religious right’s efforts to ban contraception contains a lot more information on Worthington. Incidentally, “Contra-Contraception” was the title Jill chose for her post on the huge New York Times Magazine article titled “The War on Contraception.”
We already have plenty of groups spreading lies and disinformation about the Pill and about Plan B and about the way pregnancy happens. The Contra-Contraception site’s information on NFP gives no indication of how exacting and time-consuming it is; it simply links to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Web page on NFP. The anti-contraceptive crowd will use any lever whatsoever to get contraception banned — without, of course, admitting that that’s what they’re doing. Why *not* use the Trojan (NPI) Horse of the organic movement and concern about environmental chemicals to push a religious agenda under cover of a progressive idea? The idea that contraception might be a personal decision never seems to occur to them — and really, I have yet to see them offer any sort of coherent rationale for their stance against barrier methods. As Broadsheet points out, there’s probably no danger to the well-informed from this tactic, but there’s plenty to worry about when it comes to the uninformed:
I’m not too worried that the organic sex campaign will deter anyone who has access to unbiased information about sex and contraception. But I am sincerely hoping and praying this organic sex palaver doesn’t get into — and further muddy the waters of — abstinence-only sex-ed curricula.
- Dawn Eden: Nasty Little Piece of Work by zuzu December 23, 2006
- Know your enemy by Jill May 19, 2005
- Dawn Eden explains women by Jill January 14, 2007
- Does the Pill hurt your sex drive? by Jill May 11, 2010
- You Just Know It’s Bad When a Nun Takes Planned Parenthood’s Side by zuzu July 29, 2006