How contraception works (1972 edition)

Longtime readers will remember the Spong mincer advert I posted last November. While sorting through my bookcases this morning I came across the same volume again, Getting Married, published by the British Medical Association in 1972. (Which I still don’t understand, as my parents got married in 1968!)

Opening it randomly how delighted was I to discover this article and illustration:

A lady and man holding hands, standing about 5 feet apart
What The New Avengers got up to in between shoots.

Obviously that age-old myth that ladies get pregnant by holding hands with a young Gareth Hunt look-a-like is wrong, because this is an article about contraception — which is about how not to get pregnant.

Unless this is photographic proof that the advice contained in their article about contraception is so effective that the lady pictured (let’s call her Beryl) — that Beryl can hold hands with Gareth Hunt all day without fear of giving birth to a young Hunt nine months later. (If you’re reading this out loud, in a public place, say, be careful with that last sentence!)

I’ve not read the supporting article but I gather that a key aspect of effective contraception involves standing about four to five feet away from a lady. In a field. While wearing a cardigan. That should just about do it, I reckon.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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