Planned Parenthood recently posted an eye-opening Q&A on Tumblr in response to the question, “Is promiscuity a bad thing?”
“Unfortunately some ‘promiscuous’ women are judged in a negative way by society. But ‘promiscuous’ men are more accepted in society, which is totally unfair.”
I sympathize with the gender disparity. I really do. I personally try to be as judgmental as possible toward promiscuous men.
“So ‘promiscuity’ is a word that can refer to a whole variety of different sexual behaviors. But in general, it’s a word that’s used to judge or shame people. And, again, it’s a term that’s most often directed at women.”
Most often directed at women. Got it.
“Since the number of sexual partners you’ve had doesn’t say anything about your character, your morals, or your personality – or about anything at all really– there’s nothing bad or unhealthy about having a big number of sexual partners.”
The first half of that sentence is downright perplexing (apparently the choices you make – and the actions you take – don’t say anything at all about you). The second half is a non sequitur. Even if it were true that promiscuity is morally neutral, that doesn’t tell us anything at all about the health effects of promiscuity. Swimming with piranhas doesn’t make you a “bad person,” per se, but it can still leave you with a few missing appendages.
As far as most progressives are concerned, there’s only one reason why someone might oppose promiscuity. In order to avoid the grave sin of “slut-shaming,” they happily turn a blind eye to…well…
And also, “super gonorrhea” sounds scary.
“…if you feel satisfied with and confident about your sexual decisions, you have nothing to worry about –”
“– even if someone calls you or your behavior ‘promiscuous.’ And that’s also a good reason to hold off on judging or gossiping about other people’s sexual history, too.”
The “hold off on gossiping” part is okay, I guess.
It just seems strange to be getting a lecture on manners and civility from an organization that once produced a cartoon depicting an abstinence educator being drowned in a trashcan and a pro-life activist being decapitated by a giant condom:
From a business perspective, this Q&A article makes financial sense. More promiscuity = more unintended pregnancies = increased demand for abortion. And as it turns out, Planned Parenthood relies on abortions for the lion’s share of their clinical revenue.