Full disclosure: my initial reaction to the idea of a documentary that appears to be on its face critical of hormonal birth control was derision. Like, fuck these anti-science nutjobs. But because my little sister had posted the link to Facebook, I went ahead and watched the video and was surprised to hear, “As feminists we know that it’s tough to be critical of hormonal contraceptives when we know that they’ve given us equality and freedom...”

Personally I have had some negative experiences with hormonal birth control (years ago, the Depo Provera shot), so I’m sympathetic to that. I’m also extremely irritated, just on a personal level, that women have — despite all kinds of scientific advances — somehow still gotten stuck with the vast majority of the responsibilities and consequences of birth control.