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  • Gender Norms and Contraceptive Trust

    Trust is one of the underlying themes in many discussions, media coverage, laws, and policies about contraception. Although women are generally held responsible for contraception, the myriad laws, as well as forms of surveillance and normalization, surrounding it give the impression that women are not trustworthy with it. Men are typically not thought to be the ones responsible for contraception and a significant part of the reason why, at least according to popular press articles on developing a “male pill,” is that they are not considered trustworthy with contraception. My goal in this paper is to discuss some of the gendered social norms that contribute to the perception that neither women nor men are trustworthy with contraception.

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