Apr 082011

I haven’t talked about the male birth control pill that much.  That’s because I don’t see much progress happening with it in the near term.  Unlike something such as VR sex, the male pill is a very discrete concept and easy to legally ban.  VR sex will be impossible to ban without banning video games in general and there are too many corporations making many billions of dollars to allow it to become illegal.  The male pill will also be like porn where both feminists and socons/tradcons will be against it.

Sooner or later we will have a male pill.  It’s a fool’s errand to try to stand in the path of human progress even if you’re successful for a while.  In theory the effects of a male pill would be massive.  Expect birth rates to fall like a rock even more than they have in the last several decades.  I suspect that the male pill won’t cause a dramatic drop as we would expect because VR sex and other technologies would have already taken a bite out of the fertility rate.

I doubt a male pill will increase promiscuity.  The limiting factors for men having sex aren’t based on women getting pregnant.  Where it will have an effect is preventing “oops” pregnancies.  A man on the male pill knows that if his woman has an oops pregnancy, she has been cheating on him.  This is why the male pill will be opposed by both feminists and socons/tradcons.  Feminists won’t want men to easily be able to get out of being entrapped by women and paying child support for children that are not theirs.  Socons and tradcons will be against the male pill for similar reasons plus they’re paranoid about not having enough babies.  Plenty of marriages happen right now because of an “oops” or unintentional pregnancy.  Without that even more men will never bother getting married (at least not without marriage becoming a proposition that is beneficial to men).  Expect more sermons in churches about how men are not manning up and getting married and having kids.

I suspect you will see some women desperate for babies end up like the following video:

Knowing that such things like in the video will happen, single mothers will have even lower SMV than they do now.  Without being able to find out who the father of a baby is in such a case because there are too many possible guys, who will get stuck with the child support bill?  Any guy that comes after and is around long enough to have a “paternal relationship” with the child.  The best way to avoid that will be to avoid single mothers altogether.

Those men who want kids will really be in the driver’s seat because they will be able to dictate where and when they have children.  Regardless it’s going to be a while before we see a male pill.  I suspect technologies like VR sex will show up first and the male pill will get somewhat overshadowed by them.

  17 Responses to “The Male Birth Control Pill”

  1. I think that there are still two important factors in favor of the pill not disappearing down the memory hole.

    1.) Huge payoff for the drug company that creates it. In this economic climate, the incentive to create a new drug that people may be inclined to purchase throughout their life is enormous.

    2.) There are lots of well-funded think tanks who want to see new methods of controlling the population.

    I think the male pill is kind of like “Duke Nukem Forever” in that it was going to come out “any day now” for over a decade. I have a feeling that it will one day hit the scene precisely when most of us have forgotten about it.

    When it does finally come, it will be a dark day in radfem history, and heavenly manna for men everywhere.

  2. Thanks for reminding me to check on the research status of RISUG. If it pans out, you can damn well betcha I’d pay the ‘medical tourism’ costs of getting to india for an injection. It might even become available in south america. From http://www.malecontraceptives.org/methods/risug.php :

    “In February 2010, a non-profit organization completed a technology transfer agreement for the use of RISUG in the United States. They plan to make RISUG in the US and conduct preclinical tests to ensure its safety by the end of 2011. If all goes well with the manufacturing and testing, RISUG could begin clinical trials among US men within the next 5 years.

    RISUG has been in Phase III clinical trials in India since 2002. If the trial has positive results, RISUG can begin India’s regulatory approval process, the final step before selling the product. Phase III trials are designed to establish the safety and efficacy of a drug in a variety of body types. Over 100 men were participating in the Phase III RISUG trial when it was delayed for a number of reasons.

    In October 2002, government officials aired concerns about RISUG in India’s national press. Their concerns have since been resolved, but the controversy stalled the clinical trial for six months. The next delay was due to concerns about RISUG’s initial toxicology tests. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has reviewed the toxicology data three times and approved it each time. However, in February 2002, World Health Organization scientists stated that the 25-year-old toxicology studies did not meet more recent international standards. RISUG was submitted for a new round of tests at a US lab, and approved in July 2005. In March 2006, the trial was slated to resume at 4 centers around India. Then a manufacturing delay halted progress. The pharmaceutical company making RISUG was finally able to deliver a batch produced to the World Health Organization’s Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards in March 2007. The trial resumed in earnest in April 2007. The trial’s data collection, analysis and publication process will take several years to complete.

    In the meantime, another study of RISUG began in India. This study will follow up with the men who received RISUG in 2001 and 2002, providing information on the safety and effectiveness of RISUG after more than 5 years of use. Informal reports suggest that RISUG could be a safe, effective, and inexpensive contraceptive which works for many years in a single dose. Establishing RISUG’s long-term safety and effectiveness in formal clinical studies will make the case for its development and introduction that much stronger.”

  3. “A man on the male pill knows that if his woman has an oops pregnancy, she has been cheating on him. This is why the male pill will be opposed by both feminists and socons/tradcons. Feminists won’t want men to easily be able to get out of being entrapped by women and paying child support for children that are not theirs. ”

    Most feminists,not the 1st wave types like Palin & Schlaffy but the modern ones, support a Male Pill. I’ve always wondered why that was, as it would theoretically decrease women’s sexual power.

    But I’ve recently considered that it doesn’t. Today, women on the traditional BCP are flooded with progesterone, which tricks their body into thinking it’s pregnant. It’s been shown that women on the pill, and pregnant women, are more attracted to your “provider” types, and less to alpha male bad boys. Thus, the female pill messes with women’s hypergamy options.

    In the future, men would take their BCP while women would go through their natural hormonal cycle, complete with their “need an alpha” ovulatory peak. Since all birth control methods have some failure rate (10% for the female pill), you CAN expect a lot of “oops” pregnancies in the future, as women step out on their primary pill-using partner and get pregnant. Of course, they would then claim the male pill failed.

    Expect that, if the male pill becomes a reality, it will be coupled with a ban on unregulated paternity testing.

    • I don’t see how modern feminists would advocate the male pill at all. If men were to begin using the pill it would mean that women basically have no hand in determining when and how they are going to have families without a man’s consent. It would invariably make women more dependent on men. That can’t be good for feminists who want to upend a society dominated by men.
      It wouldn’t mean the end of feminism, but it would affect the militant tone and mentality of some strains of modern feminism.

  4. Agree with your points. But speaking personally, I would be hesitant to take a male b.c. pill if it screwed around too much with male hormones. The first female b.c. pills on the market were not exactly a bowl of cherries for the female endocrine system.

  5. “but the modern ones, support a Male Pill. I’ve always wondered why that was, as it would theoretically decrease women’s sexual power.”

    Why? So men can share in the burden of birth control – the expense and the risks, both short- and long-term to one’s health. Should this pill ever come out on the market, it will be interesting to see if the men will actually embrace it in droves.

    I’m sure, there will be some that refuse it on the grounds it may affect their “virility.” Vasectomies had that baggage for awhile – and still do for some men.

    Also will be interesting to see if insurance companies will cover the costs of the male pill (BC pills aren’t always covered for women’s).

    The male birth control would be one of the best things to come out of Big Pharma land in some time. Less unwanted babies, less court time and child support payments, less ugliness all around. You guys should take a page from the feminists’ book and take up some public displays to show your support and enthusiasm for this pill. Marches, walk-a-thons, blue ribbons (instead of pink – boob cancer). Do the same for automatic paternity testing on all births; it could happen, but you guys need to get on the bus!

    Quit bitchin’ and do!


  6. That video by the way is epic for a variety of reasons, of which you can probably guess.

  7. […] Pro-Male/Anti-Feminist Tech – “March 2011 Entitlement Princess of the Month Voting“, “The Male Birth Control Pill” […]

  8. Thanks for posting. gj.

    There’s not just the oops pregnancies, it will also take care of the “oops, I can’t have children” scenario – or the fact that men can do it too when they have their pill.
    Basically it will create more balance between the sexes – something desperately needed. I might put together an article of my own sometime to come. I’ll link to this one when I do.

  9. I have a friend who does biochemical research and has done a fair share of sex related research. He once explained the difficulty of creating a male pill in strictly clinical terms and it made sense. The female reproductive system is fairly complex. As such, it’s easier to block one pathway without wreaking havoc on the rest of the body. The male reproductive system, being relatively simple, is much more difficult to disrupt without causing myriad other issues as each step in the simple process is much more important to the overall function of the reproductive system and body in general.

    As Mark Trueblood said and as you agreed with PMAFT, watch out for the male pill until they work the kinks out. It might come with many unintended consequences

  10. Once VR girls become a reality, there will be little point in the male pill. Unlike with human women, VR sex is “virtually” risk free and the women insanely hot. 😉

  11. How about some activism for this?

    Parsemus wants to start clinical trials for RISUG next year.
    They need some funding and hope surveys will convince funders.

    How about we let them hear our voices? I mean, this place isn’t called “sit on my lazy butt” but antifeministtech right?

    So if we all take the survey and choose the following:
    [list type=decimal]
    [li]RISUG 10+-year nonhormonal vas deferens injection- I’d go to India for it[/li]
    [li]RISUG / Vasalgel[/li]

    We could hopefully by next year have at least some guys in the U.S. be lucky enough to have the holy grail of MCP’s.

  12. I’ll say it again, because I thought that this site could read BBCode.

    take the survey and choose the following:
    1. [Your name]
    2. RISUG 10+-year nonhormonal vas deferens injection- I’d go to India for it[/li]
    3. RISUG / Vasalgel

    Hopefully by next year have at least some guys in the U.S. are lucky enough to have the holy grail of MCP’s.

  13. I agree, the male pill is an eventuality. However, I don’t see it somehow raising male’s SMV, as the author suggests, since in-vitro fertilization and other extra-uterine options are already viable. Money will call the tune, with children likely “options” a la sunroofs and vanity mirrors.

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