I need birth control because I have endometriosis and it helps manage pain. Why do you?— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 23, 2014
Followers dropped all kinds of reasons. One woman already has two children and is choosing not to have any more. Another user mentioned she wants to finish college and get her career going, saying "a baby doesn't fit into that yet." A male tweeter wrote he wants "every girl I ever love to feel safe with every guy they ever love," noting that birth-control pills plays a pivotal role in that (though, remember, the pill doesn't protect against STDs). And, @brattybeeee's tweet stood out for its candor: "because women have the right to enjoy sex without the confines and fear of an unplanned pregnancy, just as men do."
Perhaps Dunham's most poignant contribution to this conversation is to remind us that women don't truly need a reason to use it in the first place.
Ahead, the reasons why women are using birth control. (Elle)
@lenadunham because women have the right to enjoy sex without the confines and fear of a unplanned pregnancy, just as men do— B (@brattybeeee) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham Because I am not physically, financially, or emotionally prepared for parenthood.— Casey Rae (@cgarci21) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham I needed it because I never wanted to deal with "shark week" for a whole month ever again...— \\ Terranne // (@TerriB_94) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham i am a man & i demand the option be available for my gorgeous sister— Michael Korte (@MichaelKorteDuh) July 23, 2014
@lenadunham because I want every girl I ever love to feel safe with every guy they ever love. And bc could help.— eric (@yungg_dad) July 23, 2014