By Heidi Oran
By now you’ve probably heard the buzz on the internet. From New York Magazine to CBC, everyone is discussing “The Pull-Out Generation.” Ask your friends and you’ll probably notice the same trend: little reliance on the pill and other forms of contraception.
The original article by NY Mag’s The Cut touches on the decisions of those as young as 15 to women in their 30′s. They vary of course – some don’t like bearing the weight of preventing pregnancy solely on their shoulders, some fear the long term-effects of hormones, and some of the younger women simply turn to the withdrawal method when they were “too shy to say anything” about contraception (this is awful for a whole list of other reasons). So we’re looking at a variety of motivations, but all with the same conclusion – pulling-out is the best option for them.
When I heard about this a couple things came to mind: I wondered what would the women who fought so hard for our generation to have access to birth control would think about this trend? Would they be disappointed? Would they be okay with it since it’s a conscious choice and not forced upon them? What would Gloria Steinem say?
And if we really look closely, could history and culture help to reveal why this is so common today? Author and Historian Neil Howe has written extensively about generations and the fact that our society today is incredibly child-centered, more than ever before. Perhaps this is subconsciously at the root of the trend?
Celebrities have glamorized pregnancy and Motherhood (you simply have to view popular blogs and read their stats to confirm this,) Gen Y is closer with their parents than any generation before them, and a recent study revealed that above being a good partner, being a good parent is a priority for us.
While there are many arguments for both sides of the story, I wonder, if there is an inherent positive perception about parenting could this be why our generation is willing to take their chances on an unplanned pregnancy?
Heidi Oran is a writer and career coach with a passion for change. She writes the blog The Conscious Perspective, and co-founded The Millennial Pulse Podcast. You can connect with her on Twitter here.