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How Birth Control Affects Society

The popularity of the birth control pill brought the world into the sexual revolution. The easy access to birth control encouraged sex, and eventually brought us into the women’s movement in the 1970’s. Women’s freedom over their sexuality allows freedom of their finances. However the true beginning of the women’s movement began as early as the 1920’s. The possibility of contraceptives would not have been possible in the 1960’s without the original women’s movement in the 1920’s. The purpose of this essay to describe how birth control has affected society, and the impact it had on the AIDS virus.

It is commonly known that many years ago, before World War I, society had the misconception that women’s primary and only function was to reproduce. Maybe this belief started with Eve. Preparation for motherhood and marriage began shortly after the girl’s birth. Throughout the girls life, cleaning house and caring for children were the only skills that were taught to her. Women had no option to develop their individuality. Their status was identified with their husband’s status. The female role was a housewife and a mother.

There was no logical reason to educate women, because their education would not serve any purpose. Women usually did not even graduate from high school. Pregnancy and marriage was very common at fourteen years of age. If women did work outside of their homes, it was usually domestic, such as a housecleaning or babysitting, but no woman had any position that had any status to it.

The concept of birth control is not new. According to the article, The History of Contraception and Birth Control, women have been trying many ways to prevent pregnancy. Many of the beliefs to prevent pregnancy were folklore and/or superstitious. One of the popular ways of preventing pregnancy was throwing an ear of corn into the river. If a woman threw an ear of corn into a river, she thought she was protected from pregnancy for the...