Real couples talk about contraception many times in the course of a relationship, but these conversations are kept behind closed doors.
It is governments and large organizations who dominate the public discussion about contraception and it bears no resemblance to the way couples talk to each other about one of the most important decisions in their lives.
As a result, the public, and particularly young people, are alienated from the discourse on contraception and disconnected from the current movement to help women and girls who want to, but who can’t, exercise control over their fertility because they have limited or no access to contraception.
Imagine if we could change that?
What if the world’s most successful and beloved couples agreed to be filmed talking to each other about contraception?
Imagine Michelle and Barack Obama, aka the First Lady and the President, talking to each other about who first raised the issue, how that first conversation went, what methods they like and don’t like, how they decide what to use and who decides.
Would they admit to ever arguing about contraception and talk about how they resolved the conflict? Would they reveal where they get their contraceptive information from and how they feel about couples who can’t get access to contraception; who can’t even talk about it together?
And what would they say to each other about how their lives and their relationship would be different, if they had never been able to use contraception?
Imagine if this entire conversation was unscripted and captured on film, so that its honesty and authenticity was beyond question?
It’s hard to imagine, I agree, but I would bet that by allowing the world to watch the most inspiring couples have the contraception conversation, hundreds of millions of women and girls, and men and boys, would feel like they had been given permission to do the same.
And that’s exactly the kind of environment we need now, to normalize a taboo subject and unlock the power of contraception to save lives and improve the quality of life for the hundreds of millions of girls and women who will never reach their full potentials if they cannot control if and when they get pregnant.