fertility

Let's Not Panic Over Women With More Education Having Fewer Kids

Philip Cohen feeds my voracious appetite for data with a series of charts showing that educated women are actually having more children than they used to, while less-educated women are having fewer. Here’s why this matters:

The general relationship between the number of children women have and their relative status in society is clear: Fewer children means higher status. And the relationship is reciprocal: Higher status for women also leads to lower fertility.

Further, the relationship appears at both the individual level and the societal level. Countries with lower fertility levels have, on average, less gender inequality in the realms of education, income, political and social power.

If you like to make decisions or form opinions based on numbers, you really must read this.

How Plan B Works

In addition to explaining the mechanics behind the popular morning-after pill, this adorable animation also shows how and on what timeline ovulation and fertilization occur, in case—like me—you’re a little fuzzy on the details.

One Step Closer to Male Contraception

Perhaps the anti-grail, the opposite of female viagra:

”This compound produces a rapid and reversible decrease in sperm count and motility with profound effects on fertility. These findings suggest that a reversible, oral male contraceptive may be possible.”

Thought experiment: how might sexual dynamics change in our culture if women expected men to always be on the pill in order to be sexually active?

Via Your Tango