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Kourtney Kardashian Ridiculously States That She ‘Doesn’t Believe’ In Birth Control Anymore

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On the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kourtney talks with her sister Khloe and a surprised fiance about wanting more kids. In a discussion that I honestly can’t believe never took place in the last seven years of Kourtney’s relationship with Scott Disick, the oldest Kardashian sister admits that she would love to have a whole bunch of kids. She threw around six as a possible number. When Scott seemed completely against the idea, Kourtney said that she wasn’t going back on birth control because she “doesn’t believe in it anymore,” but that her fiance could use a condom whenever he wanted. Or ya know, they could just stop having sex.

Now, I think we can all agree that this is a pretty horrible way to communicate with your partner about how many kids you’ll have. I’m not saying that we should expect much from a show on E! Entertainment, but that doesn’t make it any less dysfunctional. And saying that you no longer “believe” in birth control is just nonsensical. Really, it’s completely ridiculous.

Once we get past that though, it’s funny that I can actually relate a little to Kourtney Kardashian here. In my family, I’m the one who would have a dozen children if we could. My husband would be happy to have one more and stop at that. We both come from big families, so it’s not like one of us has more experience with siblings. He would just like to have a couple children and then spend our extra income traveling with our kids, investing more in the family we have instead of adding more mouths to feed. Me, I would keep having children for the next decade if I was lucky enough to get pregnant.

I guess the difference between my husband and I’s struggle and the Kardashians is that we discussed this issue before we ever got engaged. We talked about it for quite a long time before we ever started trying to get pregnant. In fact, I’m pretty that within our first week of dating, I mentioned that I wanted more kids someday. What can I say? I like to let people know what they’re getting into.

Even though Kourtney’s statement about birth control makes no sense, it also seems to be an indicator of how she and her fiance approach the issue of having (or preventing) more kids. Kourtney’s not going to take birth control because she wants more kids. Scott can choose to use protection or not have sex at all if he doesn’t want kids. It makes the act of having a child two separate choices by two separate people, not the choice of partners coming together and deciding what’s best for both of them.

I’m not going to act like these people are reflections of normal American families, but I will point out that this way of doing things sucks. It sucks to see getting pregnant as a debate between two people where one loses and the other wins. It sucks to see contraception be a boy vs. girl issue instead of two partners coming together. It sucks to think that two people who have been together for seven years and two kids are just not discussing what they want their future family to look like. In front of a camera.

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