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.