27 Jan 2011

THE PILL

Jenny Matlock
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Letter : P

In the beginning of the 60th, the poor Pope and the catholic church in general lived a terrible nightmare ! Some scientists had dared to invent a pill which gave women the freedom to decide if they wanted children or not, immediately or a few years later. Suddenly birth control was possible to almost 100 %.

The pill was commercialized in Belgium beginning 1960 and everybody could buy them in the pharmacy without a prescription. You just could go into a drugstore and buy your pills like caugh candies or aspirines.

Many women were very happy about this invention and lots of them tried it out as soon as it was on the market. Of course I bought them too, not to jump from one bed into the other, but just in case, you never know and then they said it was good for the skin, avoided pimpels and also helped to regulate menstruation problems.

Unfortunately people were not informed enough about this matter and it came to some rather strange incidents.

A couple filed a complaint because the woman got pregnant despite The Pill. After investigation it turned out that her husband had taken the pill instead, because the wife got stomac troubles so he devoted himself and took the pill.

Another woman had to be hospitalized because she had swallowed all pills at once, to be sure that she won't forget one day. Of course after several similar incidents a new law came out, that The Pill could only be bought on prescription, and a visit to the gynecologist for a check up and explanations became obligatory.

Today The Pill is used all over the world and is a very good mean for birth control.

It also gave some more freedom to women who in general had to pay for the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy, while men could disappear in nature or deny all responsibility.

29 comments:

H said...

I love the cartoon - and the thought of the man taking the pill because his wife had stomach troubles! That is hilarious (though I hope the resulting baby grew up loved and cherished!).

Gledwood said...

o wow another tubby furry little hamster

yeah the pill.

invent a male one

all this crap i hear about men never taking responsibility

bring out a male pill and see the number of "accidental" pregnancies plummet!

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

Interesting!

Pearl Maple said...

Great post, having grown up in the era and watching women have more options or control over parts of their lives has been pretty amazing.

diane b said...

It came out too late for me. When it did appear it made me sick. So it was no use to me.Laughed at what some did with it.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

LOL on the part where the husband took the "Pill" instead of the wife because of stomach complications. Oh my lord....funny. People!! Some can be downright stupid I guess.

What an interesting, entertaining post. Thanks for stopping by yesterday Ms. G!!!

Mara said...

I did use it when I was younger, mainly to regulate. I think it's a great invention and it might even be better than sliced bread!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the comic. It looks like she didn't read the directions.

marisworld said...

It's difficult to believe that the male took it instead or a woman taking all in one go!
Funny and interesting I loved it thank you

Judie said...

I never took the pill, but I did have an IUD for years.

Sue said...

I used it for the first three years I was married.

Interesting post!

=)

jabblog said...

It's difficult to remember a time when reliable birth control was available. Thank you for the reminder - and the laughs:-)

A Lady's Life said...

The planet is in dire need of having less people so birth control is definitely a good solution. However, hating pills and side effects, I think People should practice abstinence.
I think too much is made of sex these days so it's become an abnormal obsession as opposed to something beautiful between two people.

Maribeth said...

I never could take the pill. It made me sick.

Loree said...

I loved the story of the man who took the pill instead of his wife. Hilarious.

RedTedArt said...

How funny that the man took the pill... I guess when things are new, people don't always know what to do with things... Love it!

Maggy

RedTedArt said...

How funny that the man took the pill... I guess when things are new, people don't always know what to do with things... Love it!

Maggy

maggy, red ted art said...

How funny that the man took the pill... I guess when things are new, people don't always know what to do with things... Love it!

Maggy

Mama Zen said...

That cartoon is hilarious!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

People never cease to amaze me! LOL..

Love the cartoon!

Pamela said...

The pill was great for my complexion. Made me green -- because I puked so much.

claudie said...

Hilarious!!!! The begining of the pills offered some comic stories!!!
Mélissa has to take the pill since she had a chirurgical intervention (kyste sur l'ovaire et doit mettre son ovaire au repos)!Now there are pills very light, wich means no troubles but if you have a boyfriend you must be very careful and don't have to forget one!
I don't need any more contraception but I took the pills for long years!

Jo said...

how strange that a man would take the pills ... human behaviour is fascinating!

BEAR's Mom said...

interesting...
so funny about the man taking the pill. loretta lynn made lots of money writing a country song in the late 60's about the pill...
happy alphabe-thursday

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The pill is also good for dealing with bleeding that occurs during menopause. That was the first time I went on the pill. :-)

Ames said...

Good Post. I thought the Catholics were against any form of birth control? At least that was the excuse I heard when friends had an unusually large family. Just wondering. ~Ames

Teresa said...

Great post!

Jenny said...

What a perfect, humorous stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "P".

I am still chuckling over the husband taking the pill.

And you couldn't have found a more perfect cartoon to illustrate this wonderful post!

Thanks for linking.

A+

Splendid Little Stars said...

I remember picking up a prescription and the pharmacist explaining how to take the medicine. It seemed self evident to me, but he said you wouldn't believe what some people do.