About the International Women’s Day Google Doodle

Is it just me, or does anyone else see the resemblance to a pack of contraceptive pills (Ortho Novum 777, anyone) in today’s Google Doodle? [1]

Click on the center ‘play’ button of Google’s doodle in honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and the “pills” spin around. Underneath the Google name, 26 little Venus symbols shimmy. If they’d have thought to add two more, they’d have the complete pack represented, all spilled out.

Is there, perhaps, an (ahem) unintended suggestion here that the Pill, which turned 50 in 2010, plays the predominant role in the advancement of women? Take it a step further, and one can extrapolate that all those happy little Venus symbols are there to suggest that women should be overjoyed at their contraceptive options and the expansion of life choices they seem to engender.

But do current contraceptive options do anything to resolve the core issue, namely, that women overwhelmingly take sole responsibility in matters of conception and contraception? [2]

As women are the ones who gestate and birth the babies, we will always have the larger stake in this. Even so, equity could use a little shove, because the advent of an effective and relatively safe oral contraceptive for men would make a lot of women shimmy like those little Venus symbols on Google’s Doodle. Interestingly, pharmaceutical companies are still working on that one. Just like they’re working on a female-only version of Viagra. Hmmm….

[1] http://www.google.com/doodles/international-womens-day-2014 [accessed 3-07-2014]

[2] http://www.cfp.ca/content/58/12/e757.full and http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs351/en/ [both accessed 3-07-2014].

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