I was lucky enough to have grown up in the male-supremacist ’50s and ’60s – Oh, for the good old days!
The first time I heard Friess’ aspirin-contraceptive joke was in the ’60s from an attractive young woman in the insurance company office in Los Angeles where I worked at the time. I don’t recall how the conversation got around to birth control, but this young lady volunteered that her mother had given her the aspirin-squeezed-between-the-knees-just-say-no advice.
I thought it was funny, but that was back in the days when parents were still foolishness enough to suggest abstinence.
Foster Friess Joke
Late last week, his [Rick Santorum’s] supporter, the amiable Foster Friess, perpetrated the joke. It went like this: “You know, back in my days, theyd use Bayer aspirin for contraceptives,” the easygoing multi-millionaire philanthropist told MSNBC. “The gals put it between their knees, and it wasnt that costly.” Kaboom — all hell broke loose. According to the Washington Post, “the remark outraged women[‘]s groups and many others.”