Culture Celebrates The Fiftieth Anniversary Of “The Pill”
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill. I realize that birth control probably isn’t big news to you. That’s because you live in a post-sexual revolution world. A world where people are saying:
“ One significant, and enduring, effect of The Pill on female sexual attitudes during the 60's, was: ‘Now we can have sex anytime we want, without the consequences. Hallelujah, let's party!’” (Raquel Welch, CNN.com).
"If women are going to have control and power in society, they have to be able to control when they have children, and they have to be able to make money. The pill brought together the economics and the fertility timeline in a neat little package." (Gloria Feldt, Forbes Magazine).
“ Giving women control over reproduction means giving them control over their own fate. I am a wife, a blogger, a mother -- when I want, how I want, and with the freedom to remain sexual. The pill means I can have it all, and sacrifice nothing.” (Erin Kotecki Vest, CNN.com)
Historians note that the pill ushered in the sexual revolution. In a culture where casual sex is celebrated and the media portrays purity as abnormal, it is easy to become disheartened as you seek to follow God’s standards. In fact, many of the girls we interviewed for “Lies Young Women Believe” told us that they felt alone in their stance for purity.
One said: “I think that at my school, having sex is normal. Everybody has either had sex or they are really close to it. That is something that I struggle with a lot. I wonder if I am going to wait” (Lies Young Women Believe, 94).
More recently, I know of a young Christian woman who told her mom that if she stayed in school she wouldn’t be able to keep her faith or her virginity. I know that many of you are feeling that same pressure.
While our culture busts out the cake and party hats to celebrate the ignition of the sexual revolution this month, I wanted to take a moment to encourage you, and to ask you to encourage each other.
God’s Word makes it clear that He designed sex for marriage. His standards will always apply despite the tides of culture. What’s more, purity is possible. If you are committed to remaining pure until your wedding day, you may feel like a salmon swimming upstream. But you are not alone.
I want to prove it. If you’ve committed to wait and are actively seeking to live out God’s standards for purity, leave us a comment and tell us about it. I’m guessing it won’t take long to demonstrate that there are plenty of young women out there willing to stand for God’s Truth in this area.
Now that’s worth celebrating!