There are two kinds of men when it comes to mentioning the word “vasectomy”: those who immediately thrust a protective palm over their nether regions and those who have already had one.
If you are among the first population, it is possible that, as protective as you may be of your tender potency, you may be considering getting a vasectomy. Whatever reasons you may have, it is clear that the one thing more terrifying than having your manhood snipped is hearing those two awful words, “I’m late.”
You’ve already taken the first and most important step in the vasectomy trail – you’ve consulted your doctor. He’s explained the procedure to you and answered all of your terrified questions. You’ve read all the clinical pamphlets he sent home (you know, after covering all the disturbing procedure images with blank sticky notes). But can you be that guy? Can you walk around town, the office, a truck dealership, knowing you’re no longer potent?
Consider a woman’s perspective on the matter. (Besides, what is this procedure for if not the T&A?) Only a man would deride another man for shooting blanks. To a woman, a man with a vasectomy is a man who possess two inherent traits: confidence and dependability.
What is the most attractive trait in a potential mate? If you said high cheek bones, you are very close. But the real answer is confidence.
It isn’t as though women aren’t aware how important highly functional testicles are to their male counterparts, even if they disagree on principle. In order for a man to concede to a vasectomy, he has to pry himself away from the stigma that not ejaculating live sperm makes him less of a man. He has to be comfortable enough with his own masculinity to agree to this permanent change in potency. Women get that, and that amount of confidence in one’s own masculinity is attractive.
Traditionally, birth control has always been conceived as a responsibility of the woman. It was the woman who had to take her pill regularly. It was the woman who had to undergo invasive and debilitating surgery to deem a couple permanently barren. It was even the woman who had to ask “do you have a condom?” because when all the blood has been redirected south, you tend to not think of anything else.
In the 21st century women have a lot to do. There is a reason they’re not greeting you at the door with a cigar and a martini when you stroll in from work every night at five-thirty. Chances are she isn’t going to walk in the door for another half an hour. Or she’s taking someone to soccer practice, or boy scouts, or is getting the dog groomed.
In the 21st century, knights in shining armor don’t come with a horse and a lance – they come with a toilet brush and a fly swatter. Anything a man can do to make his female counterpart feel less burdened makes that man immensely sexier.
When a man takes the hard road and relents to a vasectomy, what he’s saying to his female partner is “I’ve got this.” It is showing her that she can rely on him to take care of things; never having to worry about a pill or a condom again is a huge load off. (Pun intended.) You’ve freed her from this particular prison of responsibility.
And in this day and age, That. Is. Hot.