Title

Contraceptives: There’s A Discrepancy

Lead Author Major

Sociology

Lead Author Status

Senior

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Marcia Hernandez

Faculty Mentor Email

mhernandez@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Sociology

Abstract/Artist Statement

Contraceptives: There’s A Discrepancy

According to the National Institutes of Health, female contraceptive options make up an extensive list that includes hormonal and non-hormonal contraceptives in the form of pills, IUDs, shots, patches, implants, condoms, vaginal rings, and more. While for males contraceptive options are limited to condoms and vasectomy procedures.While the contraceptive market for males seems limited there are several male hormonal contraceptives that are pending research and approval for consumer use. Why is it that female hormonal birth control market continues to grow, while male hormonal contraceptive options are stalled? In the form of an oral presentation we aim to provide a holistic view on why the United States economic and political systems are hesitant in the advancement of male contraceptives. We approach this research from a feminist theoretical perspective to gain an understanding of the gender inequalities that exist, gendered family planning expectations and responsibilities, and medical research industry and financial incentives. Our research is guided by a literature review with research from social science databases. We focused our search on peer reviewed articles published from 2007 to 2017 in order to have more relevant information on this topic. We plan on using key terms such as; “birth control,” “contraceptives,” “economic interests,” “feminism,” “male dominance,” and related terms. Much of the literature argue that because there is a wider variety of birth control options for females, society has stressed that pregnancy prevention responsibility falls on them, not males.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Start Date

28-4-2018 2:40 PM

End Date

28-4-2018 3:00 PM

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Apr 28th, 2:40 PM Apr 28th, 3:00 PM

Contraceptives: There’s A Discrepancy

DeRosa University Center, Room 211

Contraceptives: There’s A Discrepancy

According to the National Institutes of Health, female contraceptive options make up an extensive list that includes hormonal and non-hormonal contraceptives in the form of pills, IUDs, shots, patches, implants, condoms, vaginal rings, and more. While for males contraceptive options are limited to condoms and vasectomy procedures.While the contraceptive market for males seems limited there are several male hormonal contraceptives that are pending research and approval for consumer use. Why is it that female hormonal birth control market continues to grow, while male hormonal contraceptive options are stalled? In the form of an oral presentation we aim to provide a holistic view on why the United States economic and political systems are hesitant in the advancement of male contraceptives. We approach this research from a feminist theoretical perspective to gain an understanding of the gender inequalities that exist, gendered family planning expectations and responsibilities, and medical research industry and financial incentives. Our research is guided by a literature review with research from social science databases. We focused our search on peer reviewed articles published from 2007 to 2017 in order to have more relevant information on this topic. We plan on using key terms such as; “birth control,” “contraceptives,” “economic interests,” “feminism,” “male dominance,” and related terms. Much of the literature argue that because there is a wider variety of birth control options for females, society has stressed that pregnancy prevention responsibility falls on them, not males.