I’m going to write about something that I’ve heard from multiple women. And it’s somewhat disturbing.
The scenario: A pair, a twosome, who are not really a couple, gets hot and heavy, no immediate protection is immediately available, they take some calculated risks and enjoy themselves…aaand, the next day, the guy freaks out.
Him: “I’d like to talk about something.”
Him: “We’re not in a relationship.”
Her: “Right. I’m aware.”
Him: “We had unprotected sex last night.”
Her: “Yes, we did.”
Him: “I’m concerned about the risk of pregnancy.”
Her: “I’m not.”
Him: “You’re not?”
Her: “No. You didn’t ejaculate inside me, and I’m not in a particularly fertile part of my cycle. It’s not like this is the first time…”
Him: “I know, but we’re not in a relationship now, and that would make it worse if you got pregnant.”
Her: “Yes, and we’re not going to be.”
Him: “But you don’t know that… So maybe it would be better if you took a Plan B. You know, the morning after pill.”
Her: “Yes, I know about the morning after pill. I know my body. I’m not concerned about pregnancy. And I’m not willing to make myself sick and give myself horrific cramps for a day or two or three because you’re freaking out about a choice we made last night.”
Him: “I’m trying to share my feelings. Does that matter?”
Her: “I am taking your feelings into consideration, and it’s ultimately my decision.”
Him: “What if I went to the pharmacy and picked it up and brought it to you?”
Her: “No, thank you.”
Him: “You know, the other options are much worse than a day of not feeling well. Think of how that might affect yourself or me emotionally… It would be worth it to be 100 percent sure…”
Her: “I’ve known precisely one person who’s taken the morning after pill, and it didn’t work; 40 weeks later, she gave birth to her daughter. So it’s not 100 percent certain.”
This might go on — via text, phone or both — for hours. It might go so far that she feels bullied. And, from what I’ve heard from girlfriends, it’s entirely too common.
Think about that: Even now, some guys think they have a voice in telling a woman what to do with her body. Even if they try to be reasonable, try to be persuasive, try to lovingly suggest, there’s no getting around what it is: bullying a woman to take the responsibility for something both would have, ideally, been responsible enough to talk about before things go out of hand. Often, these guys aren’t normally such douchebags; they simply don’t get what they’re asking / demanding. It’s a big deal!
No woman should feel pressured to do something with her body that she doesn’t want to do.
This scenario is a great reminder that women still face the consequences of unprotected sex: our anatomy makes us more susceptible to contracting certain types of STDs than men and we risk pregnancy and the choices associated with it (abortion, single parenting, etc.). As long as men have penises and women have vaginas, this is the way it’s going to be; it’s simply biology.
But there are things we can do to take care of ourselves, and I ask all of my sisterhood to join in and engage in emotional, as well as physical, protection: Keep condoms on hand and require their use. Or find lovers (if you’re of that age) who have had a vasectomy. Make sure they are compassionate, loving souls, who trust you to know your body. And know your biology with confidence.