1Flesh.org is a strange place. The site was created by a group of college students and it looks like a super-fun, super-hip place with all sorts of sexy girls in sexy black eyeliner. The opening line to their “about” section says: “If anything can be said of our generation, it’s this: We want sexy back.” Then they go on to promote condom-free sex within marriage. They describe their movement as a “revolt against contraception in marriage,’ and they argue that “sex should be awesome and saved until marriage, that pregnancy can be justly avoided without harmful chemicals, and that love is worth fighting for.” Read more about the movement — and it’s possible harmful spreading of misinformation– inside.
Here’s what 1Flesh is telling readers about the birth control pill:
The Pill increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
Why? Because oral contraceptives cause a significantly higher rate of breast cell division, and in general, cells that divide more rapidly are more likely to become cancerous.
By how much? According to the 2009 study Risk Factors for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer in Women Under the Age of 45 Years, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention, after less than one year of taking oral contraceptives, a woman’s risk of triple-negative breast cancer is increased 2.5 fold.
After more than one year of use, her risk is increased by 4.2 fold. This risk is further increased if a woman begins her use of oral contraceptives before the age of 18, or if she smokes. This increased risk persists for 10 years after ending the use of the Pill.
Read more here/
1flesh is a new and strikingly effective attempt by anti-choice Christians to mimic the aesthetic of genuinely hip pro-sex education websites. The first reaction of most liberals would be, no doubt, a roll of the eyes and laughter at them fundies for even trying. Sure, the site has remarkably good design, especially for appealing to a younger audience (it looks quite a bit like MTV’s website), but the second one starts reading the content, it becomes clear that all the Twitter and Tumblr pages in the world can’t hide the fact that it’s promoting a no-sex-before-marriage agenda that will never, ever be cool.
Even though its attempts at selling a sex-negative message are doomed to eternal failure, we should still worry about this and other misinformation campaigns that are discouraging the use of contraception. You’ll never stop people from having sex, but well-placed misinformation could discourage them from taking necessary measures to prevent unintended pregnancy and STDs.
Read more here.
Now the truth is, birth control pills (and other forms of contraception) do come with risks, like all prescription drugs. Remember when Yaz got recalled? Yeah. And someone on Salon pointed out that pregnancy comes with hella risks too. Touché.
But here’s my thing. I read all of this while watching MTV‘s Teen Mom. Bad idea. I couldn’t help feeling like… ummm we should probably talk about abstinence more, lol. No, but seriously. So when the writer at Salon was like Ohhh it’s never gonna sound cool to wait for sex, I felt like I wanted to talk about that more! Is it over for that movement? That is to say, have we completely given up on the idea of young people (teens, especially) not having sex? And if we have, is that dangerous too?
And do the people at 1Flesh have a point? They argue that with all the birth control and condoms out there, so-called unplanned pregnancies are still at a high rate and so are STDs. I have no clue what the stats are on that, but I’m interested in a discussion about their ideas and the ides represented by the Salon. Honestly, I’m not completely convinced by either argument, nor can I write any of these ideas off entirely. What do you guys think?
1Flesh Agains Birth Control: