BCP – Symbol of Independence or Control?

Holy Hormones Journal: Time to re-post my favorite Germaine Greer quote:

“A woman’s body is the battlefield where she fights for liberation. It is through her body that oppression works, reifying her, sexualizing her, victimizing her, disabling her.”The Whole Woman, 1999

Ever wonder why you feel in the dark?  That is because women’s history –THE record of events concerning women’s mental, emotional, and physical state of bloodless revolutionbeing a woman has been erased from the books – PERIOD. This is why so many women feel ‘lost in – yes, a lost world.’ Lost because our voices and our history has been whitewashed.

Our voices? I call it the “Take Two Valium and Go Home Honey Syndrome” otherwise known to so many women as the “It’s All in your Head” phenomena that is told over and over again every time we go to the doctor.

Our history? How many of you know women’s history. Unheard of – untold until it was introduced at the college level as a studies course – maybe 20 years ago?  Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Did you know that the pill you are taking was used not only to sterilize Puerto Rican and African American women but also Native American women? That is called gendercide. And it is part of women’s history as much as the witch burnings, and the suffragist movement that won women’s right to vote.

Marcie has written an excellent commentary raising the issue if BCP’s were developed to free women from pregnancy – or to control our body and reproduction in the name of eugenics. If you do not know this history – then you are a participant in the gendercide. Harsh? Think about it.

Once piece of history Marcie did not mention – that I will bring up here. After the pill was trialled in Puerto Rico – and the women there rejected it because of all of the side effects… it was fast-tracked onto the market anyway. Remember the initial pills contained way more estrogen than pills on the market today. Not sigh of relief – there – our mothers passed all of that estrogen in-utero to the next generation and so on and so forth.

A Senate hearing was held in January of 1970 – on the safety of the pill. Many feminists and other concerned women attended. But they were forced to sit in the gallery (balcony) and none were allowed to testify. A medical expert stood up and said: “Estrogen is to cancer like fertilizer is to wheat.” At what cost is gendercide and eugenics? Our freedom.

The Dark History of Birth Control That You Haven’t Heard

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.