12th July 2008

“There's a word for women who practice the rhythm method of birth control: 'mother'.”

Anon.

3 Responses to “12th July 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    We need to know the context of this statement because it is not necessarily true, viz. a woman who has never been pregnant is not a mother.

    But let us suppose that the women in question are practising rhythmic birth control because some uncomprehending catholic leader says no to condoms, then they are humbling themselves to the religious wishes of a pope whose purpose is to increase the number of catholics as fast as possible. Related to this is the question about birth rates in Britain from mostly religious immigrants.

    I quote from the Daily Telegraph yesterday: “The proportion of births to foreign-born women now stands at 23%. On average foreign women have 2.5 children each, rising to 3.9 for those from Bangladesh and almost five from Pakistani women. The number of babies born to British women . . . lags far behing immigrants at an average of 1.7 each. . . . The Office for National Statistics has predicted that the British population could reach 71 million by 2031, with migrants and their UK-born children accounting for 69 per cent of that growth.” Is it known whether the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities have any wish to practise any kind of birth control?

    N.B. I shall be away on university business in Sardinia for the next two weeks

  2. Hypatia Says:

    We need to know the context of this statement because it is not necessarily true

    I think the author is being factitious but it’s close to the truth – you can expect to become pregnant every 3-4 years with the rhythm method – which explains the size of older catholic families. The method doesn’t appear to be very popular with the current generation of catholics!

    What has me in fits of laughter is to hear priests earnestly claiming it isn’t a form of contraception!

    Almost as good are recent statements that the catholic church isn’t against sex but is instead promoting “a richer understanding of sexuality” – as if they would know anything about that!

  3. Chris Says:

    “Celibate” pedophiles really have no business telling people when and how to have sex. As a class they are an odd and uncomfortable bunch, stunted as they are by a voluntary choice to pretend they’re above human desires.

    The author was clearly making a joke but with a serious point. The rythm method is no method at all. They love to say the pill is only 98% effective. What’s the rythm method? 50%?