Green Sex folks. That's what it's all about.
I presented the case for eco-friendly nookie last week at FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) New Staff Training, and I received a warm - albeit somewhat aghast - reception.
Green sex is, in a nutshell, the idea that contraceptive use is in fact seriously deleterious to the environment and may indeed be harmful to the human person - physically, psychologically and emotionally. (Notice I didn't use the other "G" word to prove my point - God.)
And that's the point, at least as I was explaining things to the 90 first year FOCUS missionaries who had unwittingly entered into a hotbed of controversy when they stepped into "missionary practicum 101" that morning.
Because "green sex," for all it's shock value and buzz-worthy appeal, isn't exactly catching on like wildfire. Cosmo hasn't run any features exposing the rampant estrogenic pollution of our streams and waterways, thanks to the disposal of human sewage laden with prolific amounts of artificial hormones. The White House hasn't introduced any sweeping initiatives to enact protective measures for transgendered trout whose sexuality has been swayed by human interference...
But the consequences of contraceptive use on the environment - both externally and internally, within the human body - are staggering.
From an excerpt from an Ortho Tricyclen drug information page: "Taking the Pill at a younger age may increase your risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Particularly if taken for five consecutive years prior to a woman's first pregnancy"
Let's break that down:
1. Taking the Pill "may increase your risk of being diagnosed" loosely translates to "might give you cancer" Sounds a little more ominous that way, no?
2. "...at a younger age." The average age of onset for hormonal contraceptive use in the U.S. is between 15 and 22 years of age. Let's say a 17 year-old, high school junior obtains a prescription from her general care practitioner and remains on the Pill for the remainder of high school and then continues through college and grad school. That puts her at around age 25. She's now been on the Pill for 7 years... Hmmmm....
3. "prior to a woman's first pregnancy" Let's presume the young lady in our above example marries around age 28 (average) and waits 12-14 months to conceive baby number one (pretty quick by today's standards.) She has now been taking the Pill for 9 years prior to conception of her first pregnancy...
So, transgendered trout aside, there are plenty of humane reasons to think before popping those little pink Pills - humane in the fullest sense of the word.