According to Alive! (exclamation mark is theirs, not mine), Ireland’s foremost Catholic publication, “Women settle for less in marriage, thanks to “pill”. I am at a loss as to how to even begin deconstructing this statement. I’m a regular reader of Alive!, God forgive me, and am quite familiar with the obsessive use of quotation marks but on this occasion they’ve outdone themselves.
The “pill”? Is it or isn’t it a pill? Are you suggesting it’s a placebo? Quotation mark redundancy on a major scale. Now down to the nitty gritty. There is no question mark, the paper is stating that women settle for less in their marriage if they are taking the contraceptive pill. The gospel according to Alive!.
The article goes on to say that because the “pill” allows men and women to be “more and more like each other”, then they become “less interesting to one another. Sameness begets boredom, which begets divorce”. It honestly says all of that. Look for yourself here.
Alive! is published and distributed freely all over Ireland. Please take an hour to flick through the archives and see what other cutting edge journalistic scoops they’ve come up with in the past few issues. “Science shows religion makes people happier.” “Astrology, Anxiety Rule.” I hate to be the one to say it ‘cos I’m all for diversity of the press but lads, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.