Men are evil, jerks, asses: women
By Angela Marie Denstedt
A study conducted by Ispos-Reid Canada late last year determined
that the majority of young women felt that men could not be
trusted when it came to birth control.
The study, which was conducted between November and early
December, included the input of 704 women aged 18 to 24, said
Susan Oakes, head of the study.
Although a birth control pill for men has yet to hit the market,
the study suggests it would likely be a waste of time as 63
per cent of women said they would not trust a man to take the
pill everyday, and 76 per cent of women felt they were more
responsible than men regarding birth control.
“This survey says a lot about the female attitude toward
birth control; they feel responsible for their bodies and their
future,” Oakes said. “Women are the ones who would
have to suffer the consequences of an accidental pregnancy;
therefore, they are more likely to take control of protection.”
The opinion of some may be that men simply cannot be trusted,
but psychology professor Stephen Kohler raised this question: “Why
would a woman want to give the responsibility of her getting
pregnant to someone else?” He noted that with the possibility
of pregnancy, women should trust no one but themselves.
However, there is no clinical difference between the memory
of men and women, explained psychology professor Albert Katz,
who has done studies in autobiographical memory. “Men
typically remember things from the past, like sports and politics,” he
The general consensus among female students seems to be that
most women simply would not trust birth control to anyone else,
especially a man; in fact, many female students doubted the
possibility a man would remember to take a birth control pill.
“They’d forget, because they forget everything,” said
Sarah Gleeson, a first-year social work student.
“You have to look out for yourself, it’s a serious
issue that can not be taken lightly,” said first-year
arts student Katie Mika.
It is not just women who feel men cannot be trusted with such
a task; men also agreed that they couldn’t. “No,
to be honest I don’t think I could trust myself to take
the birth control pill. I just don’t think I could see
myself being so disciplined,” said fourth-year history
student Ciaran McCarthy.
It seems painfully clear women are much more responsible than
men, said graduate student Rudiger Jonser: “Guys are