Category archives: Human Sexuality

Ah, Sweet Romance!

by Family Research Council

February 14, 2008

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If you happen to be visiting New York City today, perchance to be celebrating Valentine’s Day, in the destination city of romance-seekers the world over, you might be greeted by “street teams” from the health department welcoming you with… “a colorful and sexy message” — Get Some.

Taxpayer-funded condoms, natch. Nice souvenir.

C’mon, New York. Are you really going to put up with this?!


Spinning Research 101

by Family Research Council

October 31, 2007

According to a recent report by ABC News, “One in 10 Men Has Multiple Sex Partners.”:

At any given time, a significant percentage of men are engaging in multiple sexual partnerships with women — a situation that may facilitate the spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

The headline is dramatic but buried in the details reported is that the actual percentage was 6.6 and they “adjusted” the numbers to come up with “as high as” 11. The article also makes a number of sweeping generalizations designed to convey the idea that this is an issue the public needs to be worried about.

But then, the truth, buried near the end, comes out:

Adimora agrees that other factors could be at play, as men who engaged in concurrent sexual relationships also seemed to have other behaviors in common.

Men who did have concurrent relationships were more likely to be intoxicated on drugs and alcohol, to have relationships with women who had multiple partners, and to have had sexual relationships with men in the past,” she said.

And then the clincher - the policy recommendations that go with all this:

We need approaches that will remove health disparities caused by poverty, stigma and discrimination, poor access to health care and education,” Coleman said. “We need to develop a sexual health approach to HIV infection which will provide sexuality education, access to sexual health care, all which is culturally sensitive and relevant.”

In other words, this kind of aberrant, dangerous behavior is confined to easily identified subgroups of the population, but we are going to use it as a club to bring graphic sex ed straight to your kids.

What I want to know is why doesn’t “cultural sensitivity” extend to our values?

Straw Poll on the Issues

by Jared Bridges

October 23, 2007

The FRC Action Values Voter Straw Poll has been making lots of news, but one of the poll questions that hasn’t yet gained as much attention was question #3, which asked participants to rank the order of importance among a set of issues. Here are the results:

Please indicate which issue is the most important in determining your opinion of the candidate that you will most likely vote for?

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

ISSUE VOTES PERCENTAGE
Abortion 2398 41.52%
Same-sex “Marriage” 1141 19.76%
Tax Cuts 626 10.84%
Permanent tax relief for families 563 9.75%
Federal “hate crimes” legislation 331 5.73%
No vote on this question 181 3.13%
Taxpayer funding for abortions 151 2.61%
Prayer in schools 93 1.61%
Reinstatement of the “Fairness Doctrine” 88 1.52%
Public display of the Ten Commandments 57 0.99%
Enforced obscenity laws 54 0.94%
Embryonic stem cell experiments 48 0.83%
Voluntary, student-led prayer in schools 44 0.76%
Total 5,775 100%

Now that you’ve got the numbers, feel free to crunch away.

The 145% Myth

by Peter Sprigg

July 13, 2007

In an article on Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle and the homosexual activists who are decrying him as “homophobic”, the Miami NBC affiliate WTVJ-TV says, “An estimated 243,000 gay people live in the city of Fort Lauderdale.”

My World Almanac says the 2005 population of Fort Lauderdale was 167,380. We know the idea that homosexuals are 10% of the population is a myth, so what can we say about the claim that they are 145% of the population?

According to the Census Bureau, Fort Lauderdale does indeed have the second highest percentage of same-sex unmarried partner households of any major American city (exceeded only by San Francisco). So the mayor may really be in some political hot water. But that percentage is—2.1% (S.F. is 2.7%; nationally they are 1.0%).

Numerically, there are 1,418 (that’s one thousand four hundred eighteen) unmarried same-sex partner households in Fort Lauderdale. That would be 2,836 individuals.

I guess the other 240,000 homosexuals in Fort Lauderdale just aren’t the “marrying”—or “partnering”—kind.

The Dating Game: How Homosexuals Are Using eHarmony To Push Their Agenda

by Tony Perkins

June 7, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

The online dating service called eHarmony.com may have met its match. Last week, a California lesbian decided to sue the site for refusing to serve homosexuals. Linda Carlson, who initiated the case, says she subscribed to eHarmony to meet other women, but couldnt because of how the service is arranged. Since its creation, the site has matched couples based on a long questionnaire of shared interests and valuesbut never have those shared values included homosexuality. When Carlson complained, eHarmony refused to budge. Now, on charges of discrimination, Carlson is taking her grievance to court. Founded by Christian Dr. Neil Warren, the site says its purpose is to help couples establish successful heterosexual marriages. For Warren, the question isnt whether eHarmony violates state law but whether Carlson is threatening to violate the companys moral code. Californias law may protect people based on sexual orientation, but it doesnt do so at the expense of someone elses religious conviction. This is just another example of homosexuals trying to sue their way into acceptance. But in this case of eHarmony, the court should say e-nough!

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Spending Too Little on Abstinence

by Moira Gaul

May 17, 2007

A new study by the research firm Mathematica has been hailed by advocates of the sexual revolution and groups that have spent decades providing contraceptives and abortions to minor children without parental knowledge. Funded by the federal department of Health and Human Services, Mathematica examined four abstinence education programs for elementary students and middle-schoolers. The study found that after an average of five years, the students who had taken the abstinence instruction were no less likely to engage in sexual intercourse than students who had not received the instruction at all.

At first glance, the results appear disappointing. It would have been a relief to find that a small investment in a middle school program could overcome the raw messages of our sexualized culture. It would be especially encouraging because of the ever-higher stakes associated with premarital sex today.

But that’s not the whole story - either of abstinence education or of the need for intervention in the lives of vulnerable teens. The researchers chose to ignore the abstinence programs most recommended for study, and focused on programs that have since been revised. The scope and the depth of abstinence programs were ignored, and a narrow few chosen for examination. These are not minor points because the stakes in sexual politics today are life and death.

Fueled by multiple sexual partners, the number and variety of sexually transmitted diseases are growing. One virus, HPV, includes strains that cause cervical cancer. The human immuno-deficiency (HIV) virus is lethal and incurable. Latent chlamydia infections are rendering an increasing number of women infertile. Standard antibiotics are proving less effective against gonorrhea. Out-of-wedlock childbearing is rising (more than 36% of all births in the United States according to the National Center for Health Statistics).

Every government official, no less than every parent, would have been thrilled if a 6th grade course of study that warned of these deadly risks were enough to avert them, or reduce their prevalence sharply. It isn’t. Still, there is no reason to gloat and call for the end of abstinence, as liberal groups like the Sexuality Information and Educational Council of the United States and Advocates for Youth have done. William Smith of SIECUS crowed that Mathematica’s work “should serve as the final verdict on the failure of the abstinence-only industry in this country.”

That’s a hypocritical point of view when considering the fact that our government has spent 12 dollars on the Planned Parenthood approach for every dollar spent on true abstinence projects as STDs and out-of-wedlock births have skyrocketed.

Planned Parenthood would, of course, like to zero-fund its competitors. Abstinent kids don’t spend any time in the clinics PP has erected in urban centers across America.

With lives at stake, abstinence programs face the challenge of improving the services they deliver, and fortunately most have done so. A recent HHS-sponsored conference in Baltimore unveiled evidence from more than two dozen studies that such programs produce significant results in adolescent behavioral outcomes. The truth is, programs that are more intensive, that are genuinely comprehensive (that is, they address the need for risk elimination across a range of behaviors, including alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence prevention), are showing real benefit. Moreover, it is crucial for risk elimination programs that they not “give up” on kids and discount them as forever prone to high-risk behaviors. Older teens need powerful reinforcing messages whether or not they have experimented with drugs, tobacco, or sex. Youth who respond to reinforcement are often the most effective peer educators of all.

One example of intensive programming is Best Friends in Washington, D.C. An independent study of this program was published in the peer-reviewed journal Adolescent and Family Health in 2005. The young women who participate in the program are called “Diamond Girls,” and they hail from some of the District’s toughest wards. Study author Robert Lerner Ph.D. found that the Diamond Girls “are substantially less likely to smoke, drink, take illegal drugs, and have sex than a comparable sample” of youth in the Centers for Disease Control’s surveys.

Lerner goes on to say that the finding that Diamond Girls are 120 times more likely to abstain from sex than their peers “is a result so strong that it is unheard of in practically any empirical research.” Programs like Best Friends are succeeding because they aim high and sell no one short. Apparently, this message is getting through more broadly, as macro U.S. statistics have shown steady increases in the proportion of teens practicing abstinence and decreases in teenage pregnancy and abortions.

Congress should take note. It’s time to take the sexual revolution head on and to redress the terrific damage it continues to do to boys and girls. It’s time to give today’s wise and effective abstinence programs more funding, not less.

Shell Shocked: Some U.S. Gas Stations Lift Ban On Porn

by Tony Perkins

April 27, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

Some of Americas Shell gas stations are pumping out a new productpornography. Despite Shells long-standing ban on its retailers selling porn, a group of stores now owned by Circle K has been exempted from the rule. When the Florida Family Association contacted Shell about the change, they got an email from Otto Myers, a company executive, who said that Playboy and Penthouse are no longer considered pornographybut adult sophisticates. Well, you can change the term, but you cant change the policy, (at least Shell hasnt changed the policy) and it says that their retailers cant sell or display materials with sex [or] nudity. All the oil companys done is fuel the controversy in 240 stores across Baton Rouge, Denver, Memphis and Florida where the magazines are sold. Myers wrote that the general public doesnt consider Playboy pornographic. But the truth is, Myers would have a hard time finding people in these communities who dont consider dirty magazines vulgar and explicit. While Shells retailers are stepping on the gas to promote pornography, their competitors have refused to lift their bans. Obviously, this is one company that needs a refinery not only for crude oil, but for crude content!

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Homosexuals spurn benefits of marriage

by Peter Sprigg

April 25, 2007

Fridays USA Today included an article noting that despite moves toward legalizing civil unions in states like New Hampshire and Oregon, fewer gay couples are choosing to enter civil unions or register as domestic partners (Andrea Stone, Some say civil unions dropping off, April 20). For example, in Connecticut, the number of same-sex couples who entered into civil unions in the first 15 months that they were legal was only 18% of the number of same-sex unmarried partner households counted in the 2000 census. (By contrast, 92% of opposite-sex couples who live together in Connecticut are legally married.)

The article quotes one homosexual activist as suggesting that same-sex couples are waiting for marriage. But it certainly undermines the argument that same-sex couples are being seriously harmed by lack of access to the legal and financial benefits of marriage, if 82% dont even bother to access those benefits once they are granted them under state law.

The article says that in Massachusetts, where they do have same-sex civil marriage, about 9,000 such marriages have occurred since 2004. However, it fails to note that this is barely more than half the number of cohabiting same-sex couples identified in the census (again, in contrast to heterosexuals, among whom the married outnumber the cohabiting by a ratio of more than 10 to 1). These figures constitute empirical evidence that a majority of homosexuals do not need the benefits of marriage, and relatively few even want to participate in the institution of marriage.

What they really want is the official government affirmation that homosexuality is identical to heterosexualityperiod. But by winning marriage and then not participating in it, they advance the deinstitutionalization of marriagethat is, they destroy any social norm suggesting that marriage is the preferred context for living together in a sexual relationship (even more than heterosexuals have). This is one of the ways that same-sex marriage harms the institution of marriageyes, even for heterosexuals.

See also FRC InFocus: How many benefit from same-sex marriage in Massachusetts?

Internet porn on the decline?

by Jared Bridges

April 20, 2007

The Economist is reporting a study by internet market research firm Hitwise that suggests pornography on the ‘net may be in decline:

…the Hitwise data suggest that sex sites are now being dethroned. In Britain search sites overtook sex sites in popularity last Octoberthe first time any other category has come out on top since tracking began, says Hitwise. In America, the proportion of site visits that are pornographic is falling and people are flocking to sites categorised net communities and chatchiefly social-networking sites such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook. Traffic to such sites is poised to overtake traffic to sex sites in America any day now.

Good news, right? Not necessarily. As the article suggests, “adult” material — like the rest of the internet at large — may simply be changing venues. A decline pornographic websites has corresponded with an increase in porn in other areas of the web, such as peer-to-peer file sharing networks, social networking websites, and “virtual worlds” like Second Life.

Parents, don’t stop monitoring your kids’ internet usage just yet…

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