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Vasectomy: Fixing What Already Works

Before I go, I wanted to share with you a somewhat vintage poem from 1996 from poet Thom Ward titled “Vasectomy.”


No one’s notified the workers
shares have been split, the factory sold.
Frames are still being welded, transmissions
bolted to engines, acetylene torches lit
gold like the light from miners’ helmets
on groaning timber. Coal
is still chiseled, and dust
spun into lungs. No one’s posted signs:
Road Out. Bridge Out. Danger Ahead.
Fingers black with dye, young girls
disappear in looms. Women
boil metal, pour it steaming into molds.
Day fused to night, millions of laborers,
backs crooked and hands cracked,
manufacture bottles, canisters, and cogs,
replicating product
that will never reach foreign markets.
Soldiers turn semis back at the border.
Executives charter planes,
shift funds into Swiss accounts.
How long before word of this
hits the factories, the mines, the wicked
textile mills? What good, what possible good,
is supply without demand?

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Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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11:44PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

@April P.

Instead of "reversible" it was explained to me as "They can usually reverse it, but don't count on it." Heck, I've gotten to the point that I can't even reverse my haircuts anymore ;-] On the other hand, if you don't want children now, how likely are you to want to take on the 18 year+ project of raising a child from infancy later in life? And it's not like there aren't plenty of children in need of a good adoptive or foster home.....

@Patricia A.

A vasectomy, taking place just under the surface of the skin instead of much deeper in the body, is much faster, safer, less invasive, less expensive (even if much/all of the actual monetary cost is borne by the government or an insurance company), and requires much less recuperation than a hysterectomy. My partner and I considered the same choice, and chose a vasectomy for exactly those reasons.

You can assure him that he will still enjoy sex at least as much, and neither of you will be bothered by the ongoing hassle (and possible worry) of dealing with other contraceptive measures.

It was the best decision I ever made.

11:33AM PST on Dec 17, 2010

Vasectomies, like all contraception, needs to be heavily funded by the best cities and towns from their existing environmental budgets.
Please read my petitions advocating municipal environmental contraception funding, which is increasingly politically realistic due to The Big Sort in more and more towns, and helps women's right's, quality of life, and school taxes as well as being at least 5 times more cost-effective than any other environmental effort.

12:26PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

Vasectomy is one of the easiest, safest solutions to the problem of human overpopulation available at this time. Every male of reproductive age should make use of this option in order to take a vital step towards saving the human species from the worst consequences of overpopulation. Those who desire children should adopt.

11:54AM PDT on Mar 25, 2010

I just looked it up and cleared away my only concern about vasectomies , wondering if a man still had ejaculate after the surgery . He does in case you're wondering .

11:51AM PST on Feb 24, 2010


6:18AM PST on Feb 22, 2010

Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful comments on the subject of vasectomies. More to talk about here than I anticipated. And to answer a lingering question, yes, they are reversible, but with some possible complications.

Thanks again,

Eric Steinman

4:52PM PST on Feb 21, 2010

i always heard that they where reversible is that true???????

6:20PM PST on Feb 20, 2010

great post

8:10PM PST on Feb 6, 2010

woah now i dont like the sound of the procedure

10:48AM PST on Feb 6, 2010

thank you

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