Refusing To Sell Plan B To Men: Misogyny In Another Guise

Some Walgreens pharmacies in Texas are refusing to sell Plan B, the emergency contraceptive, to men. This not only denigrates men, who may have valid and caring reasons to purchase Plan B for a woman they know (a girlfriend, a wife, a friend who has been sexually assaulted and cannot make the trip herself), but also implies that if a woman has been careless (read: slutty), then she must face the consequences alone.

This rhetoric is sex-negative and slut-shaming. It also places the burden of responsibility for birth control solely on the woman. Ideally, our society will encourage both men and women to accept accountability for their sexuality, and provide both with the opportunities to do so.

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Jeana

Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.

  • http://twitter.com/PRAMITASEN PRAMITA SEN

    Wow. That’s just extremely disappointing.

  • http://twitter.com/PRAMITASEN PRAMITA SEN

    Wow. That’s just extremely disappointing.

  • http://twitter.com/foxyfolklorist Jeana Jorgensen

    Yeah… hopefully the media attention will help convince companies and their employees to not pursue this terrible reasoning.

  • Kate

    I could understand (sort of) not selling it to men if it could somehow severely harm them physically but my understanding is that is not the case. Sigh. Ever so disappointing:(

  • http://twitter.com/foxyfolklorist Jeana Jorgensen

    The argument “but they could give/sell it to minors” is just so juvenile, though. ANYONE could give/sell ANYTHING to minors when it comes down to it. Either we trust adults to make mature, competent decisions, or we don’t (and in the latter case, who would be responsible for policing everyone’s prescription drug use? everyone’s alcohol use? and so on… it’s not only a belittling attitude, but also totally impractical).