Jesse Taylor completely destroys the idea that men won’t take a male version of the pill:
Dude. In the past fifteen years, I’m now intimately familiar with marketed treatments and cures for diseases that I’m pretty sure didn’t exist before the pills were invented. If necessary, I know a pharmaceutical cornucopia of options that would give me the ability to hang drywall with my penis after a five-second flipthrough of Playboy. Within five years, a marketable option to give me death ray-eyes will be on the market, and I will be tempted to take that shit, side effects of partial paralysis and spastic colon be damned.
And you’re telling me you can’t market no-baby sex? To men???
Word. I’ve said I’d take the male pill since I was roughly 16, and nothing since then has altered that. If anything, I’ve become more certain I would — after all, I’ve been taking daily meds now for four years straight, and I have learned that yes, it is indeed possible for a man to take his meds every day, especially when important things like not being depressed or not having a kid are on the line.
Jesse also explains why the MRA/Kathleen Parker set won’t worry about this much:
But neither of them will complain about this, because they’re the exact kind of people who would expect men to forget their pills or lie about taking them. Medication and responsibility for fertility isn’t Man Shit, it’s Woman Shit, and you’d best not forget. A major industry deciding that men – millions of whom manage to do things every day which require more effort and less potential reward than birth control – are simply uninterested and incapable of swallowing a tiny pill on a daily basis would seem to be the ultimate argument against men, made in as offensive and patronizing a manner as possible.
Yup. As always, misogyny and misandry are really just two sides of the same misanthropic coin.
As for big pharma, I really can’t imagine why they won’t go after this market. Even if only one in ten men decides that the male pill is worth it…that’s a hell of a lot of men. More men than are taking Adderall or Wellbutrin or even the piece de resistance, Viagra. Only internalized sexism can explain why they don’t think men would be willing to take hormonal birth control — or why women should continue to be required to bear that burden alone.