Has anyone seen this commercial?
It sickens me. It's a commercial for a contraceptive called Beyaz, during which several women are canvassing a trendy little boutique picking out life priorities. The most horrific scene is when the stork approaches one woman and she puts her hand up to it as if to say, "Oh no...I couldn't possibly!" The ad, of course, is not supposed to be horrific. It's supposed to be visually and emotionally appealing to the 21st Century empowered woman! But to an infertile devout Catholic who is open to life and actually views children as - GASP! - blessings from God, this is nothing short of appalling.
Though I suppose it shouldn't be, as 21st Century women have been conditioned into thinking that babies are nothing more than accessories, to have whenever it's convenient for us, as long as they don't interfere with our, you know, important life plans like traveling to Paris and buying a house.
Except that contraception has done everything but empower women. It has turned us into objects. It has taught men that we can be used. It has taught society to devalue and dehumanize women and unborn children. It has perpetuated the God-less, and love-less instances of sex. It has removed the intrinsic beauty and purpose of sexuality. Janet Smith analyzes this wonderfully in her article, "The Social Footprints of Contraception" so I won't go on.
So I guess it shouldn't be so surprising to see ads like this. Don't get me wrong...every birth control commercial makes me queasy. I can't stand the fact that contraception is pushed so heavily on our culture. It is, of course, the reason for so many unexpected and teenage pregnancies, failed marriages, and abortions. But this one stood out so glaringly as anti-life and anti-baby that I couldn't help but vent about it!