Over at The Corner, Denis Boyles writes:
Maggie Gallagher's question, "If we had truly separated sex from reproduction, why would we need abortion?" begs another.Have we really separated sex from guilt? Not judging from the women I know. They often don't call what they feel guilt but regardless, the result is the same.
Many years ago, I was a contributing editor at Playboy, giving it up when my pretty, new, blonde wife insisted on giving me nothing but daughters, and I found I couldn't leave my work laying around the house. I remember chatting one afternoon with an editor who had been at the place for a long time. "We thought we were doing something noble when we helped separate sex from guilt," he said. "But then we realized that we'd helped separate sex from responsibility." Not so noble, of course. I think this may overstate Playboy's influence, but not the Pill's. (emphasis added)
If two consenting adults can't have sex without at least one of them feeling that they might be doing something wrong maybe the relationship, or lack thereof, should be rethought. The pill may have separated sex from responsibility but not from consequences. And that is where guilt can come in very handy.