Birth control was once illegal. In 1873, the U.S. Congress passed the Comstock Act, a statute that defined contraceptives as obscene and illicit. It made it a federal offense to disseminate birth control through the mail or across state lines.
Even during WWII, military men were encouraged to abstain, though condoms were made available for emergencies. There were no such emergency devices for women. There were a number of phrases along the lines of, “she got herself knocked up,” as if the condition were the result of a solitary act.
As recently as the 1960’s there were laws on the books restricting or prohibiting the use of contraception in at least 30 states. It was considered lewd, immoral and a precursor to promiscuity.
All I can say is that I’m very glad things have changed! In celebration of fooling around for fun, I offer the following trends for your education and amusement.
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