Well, as anyone who has spoken to me lately may know, I’ve become quite the little (see: raging) feminist as of late.
And while part of me wants to just go on and on about it here and now and everywhere, I won’t. Another time, another blog.
For now, I will write about my Wellington adventures, one museum exhibit at a time.
I had a bit of time before I started my new job:I spent a bit of time exploring the local sites. One of the museums, Te Papa, is the national museum and has a couple of cool exhibits. Wandering around, I found a really cool exhibit, one that I thought was really refreshing and interesting.
Dame Margaret Sparrow, a leading sexual health expert and birth control advocate donated over 800 different kinds of birth control methods for an exhibit on the changing technology and social history of female empowerment.
Before I go on, I suppose I should post this:
Ah! Could you imagine the controversy in the US were school groups able to wander into this exhibit? Especially when it discusses such controversial methods such as in the 50’s and 60’s when limited birth control access led to women using coca cola as a spermicide due to the handy bottle shape and Maori women’s use of the local poroporo plant in the 70’s and 80’s.
Welp. Interesting. The Dame had done heaps of research on IUD’s (intrauterine devices) and had extracted IUD’s from women who had left them in (from overseas) for decades with success. It’s fascinating!
Consider early colonial history in New Zealand; families had heaps of children, in part due to the lack of birth control! It’s shocking if you think that there are still far too many people today (particularly male, conservative politicians) who try to limit women’s access to this crucial necessity.
The exhibit even talked about a new microchip which should be available in 2018 which will last for 16 years and allow women to toggle the chip on and off if and when women want to conceive and when they do not.