Now grown men can compete with feminists in the race to damage their body in the pursuit of sexual liberty.
Aside from condoms and vasectomy (castration with a friendly face), men now have the option of using a "hormonal gel that reduces sperm count when applied to the skin," according to Science Alert.
"The study will take in a few hundred partnered test subjects scattered over the US, Chile, Europe, and Kenya, who are expected to use the treatment over four months while their sperm levels are monitored," says the outlet. "Once they get the thumbs up, the couples are invited to go off all other forms of birth control, meaning for the next year the only thing between the test subjects and parenthood is the gel."
The trials must also show that no harm will be done to the woman due to the gel rubbing off on her.
Stephanie Page, principle investigator and a professor of medicine at the University of Washington, told MIT Technology Review that the gel will work.
As noted by Science Alert, the male contraceptive has not exactly been a cause celebre for scientists or men, which has made pharmaceutical companies shy away from pursuing it. Other methods of male contraception include injections.
All of this just speaks to the inherent misogyny of the birth control pill, in that it promotes the idea of female empowerment by having them pump themselves full of hormones. Men have not been asked to do that, because men never would.
Matt Walsh noted the cognitive dissonance of birth control's popularity in an age where everyone seems so concerned with natural and organic:
The modern man encourages his wife to pop a pill filled with artificial hormones, but he is very upset at farmers who feed artificial hormones to their cows. We all seem very concerned with health and wellness, but we give a pass to the thing that Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a breast surgical oncologist and co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, calls a "molotov cocktail" of dangerous chemicals.