Contraception and Public Policy

…One of the social consequences of a contraceptive culture is that, what was once a single mating market—men and women paired in marriage—has now become two markets. There is the classic “marriage market,” that represents the market for marital relationships, and a “sex market,” which represents a market for sexual relationships. Because of ready access to contraception, both men and women frequent the “sex market” earlier in life, and then inhabit the “marriage market” later in life. With supposedly more reliable contraception, assurance is provided that participation in the sex market will not result in pregnancy. This separation into markets is not necessarily adverse to either sex, assuming that the amount of sex being had is the same. It only becomes adverse to one of the sexes when there are imbalances in the “price” that is paid. The price the women pay is much higher than the men.

The two markets are not equally populated by men and women. At a certain age, because of their biological clocks, most women will inhabit the marriage market rather than the sex market. Men do not enter the marriage market at the same time, or even at the same rate. The imbalance comes in that, in the sex market, women have more bargaining power than men, since they are the scarce commodity, and can command higher “prices.” The picture is flipped over when women make the switch to the marriage market, in that there is a relative scarcity of marriageable men. Over time, however, women cut deals and settle for less of a man. Thus, men take more and more of the “gains from trade” that marriage creates, and women take fewer and fewer….(Source)

When are women going to wake up to the fact that contraception is a scam for them?  It’s actually a scam for us guys, too, robbing us of the joy of parenthood in our earlier years and making it more difficult later on.  But the brunt of it falls on women.  It’s all very sad.

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