Ms. Fillipovic and economics

There’s a startlingly simple explanation here:

American men have come a long way, baby. They spend more time with their kids than ever before. Most of them say they want egalitarian marriages and better work-life balance. Two-thirds of married fathers have a wife who works outside the home and contributes to the family income, and about four in 10 of those men have a wife who outearns them. So why, when it comes to family planning, are women doing all the work and men doing so little? To put a finer point on it: why don’t more American men get vasectomies?

The contraception gap is one of the most striking and persistent gender inequities.

The burden of non-contraception falls more heavily upon women. Therefore the burden of contraception falls more heavily upon women.

28 thoughts on “Ms. Fillipovic and economics”

  1. Let’s translate that into clear:

    “Why don’t more men have a typically permanent surgical intervention rather than women taking a pill that they can stop at any time?”

    The fairer comparison would be to look at how many women are choosing to have their Fallopian tubes tied (although that operation is rather more involved and invasive than a vasectomy). The answer is precious few indeed, cos the alternatives – such as the pill – are far easier…

  2. Why is this even an issue? If couples sort this matter out between themselves it is nobody’s business but their own.

  3. Many women take the pill to reduce the pretty awful side effects of menstruation as well as to prevent conception. In some cases even celibate women. Many sexually active women not in long term relationships prefer the comfort of knowing they are covered no matter who is, well, covering them. Many couples want children but perhaps not yet. But there’s me making patriacal excuses when I should be letting Jill dictate to women what choices they should be making.

  4. “Why doesn’t a demographic that’s literally dying out due to low birth rates get more egalitarian about arranging its own extinction?” – some daft moo

    Things that make you go hmm.

  5. That patronising headline tho. I’ll say this about Islam, you probably don’t get articles in the Durkadurka Daily Mail entitled:

    Hey fellas, think you’re an ally to women? Consider a vasectomy

    Call me old fashioned, but I think women are cute talking pets made out of my ancestor’s rib, Aristotle was right, and them Sabine tarts were asking for it.

  6. @Theo(2066)…

    It’s impossible to tell the difference between the ejaculates of “vasectomised” men and the others without using a microscope. 🙂

  7. One might argue that the market is distorted by how easy it is to be a deadbeat baby-daddy.

    If paternity testing were mandatory, you’d probably see men take more of an interest in contraception.

  8. In parts of the US it works the other way. The mother cannot be forced, by the putative maintenance payer, to allow a paternity test.

  9. She seems to have missed the point that if hubby gets a vasectomy the Mrs. could still get pregnant & now it’s a wee bit more complicated for her.

  10. Theophrastus (2066)

    Baron Jackfield

    That’s not true. The ejaculate of the vasectomised is purely prostatic fluid which is thin and clear. The ejaculate of the non-vasectomised is a mixture of prostatic and seminal fluid, which is thicker and opaque.

    Certainly, the only way of determining that the ejaculate of the vasectomised is 100% sperm-free is by using a microscope; but that’s a different issue.

    I looked this up after a friend of my wife’s told her that her vasectomised husband’s ejaculate was thinner and tasted different. He then had his prostate removed, and his orgasms were dry.

  11. “I looked this up after a friend of my wife’s told her…”
    And we’re supposed to believe this? From a Tory?

  12. “family planning” is always and everywhere a euphemism for “having fewer children”. Nobody ever plans to have a dozen, do they?

  13. ‘Why is this even an issue? If couples sort this matter out between themselves it is nobody’s business but their own.’

    Stonyground, I’m shocked at such a sensible suggestion.

  14. Andrew M – way back when, I worked alongside a woman who’s stated aim was six, beginning as soon as possible.

    Not that long after, she had definitely made it to three.

  15. I looked this up after a friend of my wife’s told her that her vasectomised husband’s ejaculate was thinner and tasted different. He then had his prostate removed, and his orgasms were dry.

    She sounds like a wonderful conversationalist as well as a mine of information.

    Presumably there was a significant lapse of time between the two procedures so her commitment to this research is commendable.

  16. @Theo…

    Sorry old bean, essentially you’re wrong. Ejaculate is about 75% produced in the seminal vesicles, which are not disconnected by vasectomy. The balance is made up mainly from the prostate which supplies a “thinner” and nutrient to the mix (20ish%), a couple of glands that produce a lubricant, and the contribution from the testes is a couple of percent or thereabouts.

    Your mate’s wife must have the taste sense of an expert sommelier. 🙂

  17. Many women (my wife among them) are not able to take the pill long term because of side effects like affecting coagulation. The pill is also associated with side effects such as depression and suppressed libido. Other contraceptives can cause problems too, there was an IUD a few years back that caused heart problems (I think Instapundit’s wife was affected by this). It was much easier for me to solve the contraception issue in my marriage once we had had kids than for my wife.

    And Theo, someone’s been winding you up.

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