Another Look at Hormonal Birth Control


Is it possible to write a feminist critique of birth control?

Holly Grigg-Spall tries to do so in her new book Sweetening the Pill, but according to our editorial assistant Lauren O’Neal’s review in the New Inquiry, she doesn’t exactly succeed:

…the book presents birth control as a simple issue. The only criterion a woman need involve in her decision is whether or not a given method is natural and therefore healthy. The demands a job and children make on her time are not factors. Rape, abuse, and coercion are not factors. There is only natural and unnatural.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →