When I was a really little kid -- some time before 4th grade -- I had a playmate who at least thought he had a good idea about how people had sex.* I remember him saying something about how men would ask their partner to "hand me another 'fuck rubber'" and the women would reply "ok, dear, hand me another Kotex." Whereupon they'd "do it."
Pretty ignorant stuff, right?
And, at least for the early 1960s, fairly excusable in early-elementary school kids.
Not so excusable for anyone else, however. Which brings me to the following segment from Rachel Maddow's show that I stumbled across on a Tumblr blog called Muslim Feminists
You’re bad at this, Rush Limbaugh. You don’t even understand how babies are made, let alone how people can have sex without making a baby, and you would like the government to take over decision-making on these issues on your say-so. And you don’t get it. You biologically don’t get it. You just don’t understand it. You were absent that day.
Someone else in the comment chain (follow the link to untangle the nested comments) added
The only thing I wish she’d added at the end was the reason he may be confused is because he thinks birth control pills have to be taken every time you have sex just like the prescription Viagra pills the he continues to be caught with.
I think that's about right. It's pretty disappointing when, well, anyone older than late elementary school turns out to be that fundamentally ignorant about birth control basics. It's kind of horrifying when seriously influential national-level politicians and pundits in general, and major defacto party bosses like Rush Limbaugh don't appear to know any more about it than my little friend did back then.
I mean, yikes!
* How consenting, heterosexual, adults had it anyway, but that's another story.