No, Ricki. No, Ricki.
You know how the invention of the contraceptive pill was one of the most defining moments of the women’s liberation movement, allowing women control over their own bodies and the freedom to choose when (and whether) to have children?
Well, 90s talk show doyenne Ricki Lake reckons it – along with the many other ‘unnatural’ modern forms of contraception, such as contraceptive rings and implants – needs to go. Lake’s warning women off hormonal birth control (and encouraging periodic abstinence — AKA the rhythm method) is a stance widely promoted by conservative Christians.
Lake suggests women instead learn more about their fertility cycles, so they can simply abstain from sex during their fertile period. Apart from the inconvenience of attempting to track when you may or may not be ovulating, most women aren’t exactly champing at the bit for messy period sex, which leaves about two weeks at best per month for sex. Or, you could use the other non-hormonal alternative – male or female condoms – she says.
Lake and director Abby Epstein are basing their documentary on Holly Grigg-Spall’s book, Sweetening the Pill – which was filled with since debunked scientific claims about the certain side-effects of the pill, Slate reports.
The magazine says the genuine risk of increased blood clots from the pill was minor and still far below the risk associated with pregnancy.
On their Kickstarter fundraising page, Lake and Epstein say traditional entertainment companies have been unwilling to touch the controversial documentary, so now their crowdfunding it.
And it looks like it will go ahead, with the women already amassing more than $92,000 of their $100,000 target.
“We were amazed to discover that all women are altered by these medications – and often in profound ways,” Lake says.
“As feminists, we know that it’s tough to be critical of hormonal contraceptives when they have given us equality and freedom. But as documentary filmmakers, we want to be able to empower women to be able to make informed choices when it comes to their contraceptive.”