Or, The Lies Our Mothers Told Us & Why Men Believe Them
Women of a certain age will remember being told:
You can’t get pregnant the first time.
You can’t get pregnant if you’re raped.
You can’t get pregnant if it’s that time of the month (euphemizing for the squeamish).
We were told these things by our mothers, to keep us on the straight & narrow (and to prevent us from doing anything oogy in the case of point 3). If a girl got in trouble, it was her own fault – not just for having sex, but for having it multiple times! (see point 1).
This thinking helps (certain) men feel better about themselves, because it means it’s not their fault. Your wife hasn’t conceived? Not your fault men!, she just doesn’t WANT to be pregnant yet. Have a passel of daughters, but no son to carry on the name? HER fault – the female body accepts or rejects the correct sperm.
Never mind conception can happen the first time or the one thousandth, it can happen from consensual sex or rape, it can happen any time of the month (although some “times” ARE more likely than others).
Never mind some couples go broke using IVF treatments to have children – it’s HER body that’s zapping the little swimmers, keeping them from the spawning grounds.
After all, who needs science, who needs facts? We know what our mothers told us & they’d *never* lie to us – would they?
(although, if you’re a female ninja, apparently you can use Vagina Bubbles From Hell against your attacker… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxwriDF4DOs )