(noun) “[B]irth control by the use of devices, drugs, natural methods, or surgery” (Princeton University 2010).
Example: Using condoms during heterosexual vaginal intercourse.
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- Plural: contraceptions
- Specific forms of contraception methods are called contraceptives (e.g. condoms or birth control pills).
- Also called:
- birth control
- birth prevention
- contraceptive method
- family planning
- fertility control
- “These days, most of use take birth control for granted. But that’s only because feminists fought so hard for it since the beginning of the last century. Margaret Sanger, one of the pioneers of the birth control movement, was arrested for passing out a leaflet that told women how to limit—as if mere knowledge of birth control was a threat to the status quo, which perhaps it was!” (Kaufman and Kimmel 2011:18).
- Corsaro, William A. 2005. The Sociology of Childhood. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.
- Ginsburg, Faye D., and Rayna R. Reiter. 1995. Conceiving the New World Order: The Global Politics of Reproduction. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Sandhu, Jasmeet. 1996. Sociology of Fertility. Jaipur, India: Rawat Publications.
- Solinger, Rickie. 2005. Pregnancy and Power: A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America. New York: New York University Press.
Kaufman, Michael, and Michael S. Kimmel. 2011. The Guy’s Guide to Feminism. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.