Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein Launch ‘Sweetening The Pill’ Kickstarter For Birth Control Documentary

sweetening-pill-ricky-abbyThe “Business of Being Born” team is back, and this time they’re tackling birth control. Now before you get your maxi pads in a bunch (sorry) they’re not out to tell you you’re a terrible person for being on birth control. What they do want to tell you is that you have options.

Duo film-and perceived trouble-makers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein are working on a feature documentary to “empower women with knowledge and choice when it comes to contraception.” Inspired by the book Sweeting the Pill by Holly Grigg-Spall, Lake and Epstein are cracking open the discussion on birth control. Their goal is to make a film for the 21st century woman, investigating holistic alternatives, hormonal contraceptives, and side effects of the pill, which is all too often prescribed as a panacea for lady troubles.

kickstarter campaign was launched Wednesday to raise money to help finance the film.

Here’s more from the filmmakers:

We believe that the birth control pill was one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. But we think women deserve more and better options, not less of them. Hormonal birth control often dominates the conversation, but, like a hospital birth or cesarean, it’s not always the best choice for all.

During those decades when we’re trying to avoid getting pregnant, many of us seem to find ourselves settling for a method we’re not entirely happy with or switching from one hormonal contraceptive to another – from pill to implant to ring, for example – trying to find something that fits. The ads and inserts give us long lists of the possible side effects, but it doesn’t make them any easier to live with. Some non-hormonal options seem to have disappeared almost entirely (anybody try to get a diaphragm lately?) while more hormonal options have become available.

Women fought fiercely to get the birth control pill, but now we seem to be fighting to get off it. In 1960 the birth control pill was all about progress, but does it still fit with our values today? Do we look to the tech sector to take on the challenge of providing women with alternatives to the pill?

Check out the campaign here and read more about why this is such an important subject that is worthy of so much more discussion.

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