My speaking schedule the next 30 days: March 4: ADHD Between the Sheets March 6: ADHD Between the Sheets March 8: Sex Trivia private party March 10: Topic TBA- Lafayette College March 11: ADHD Between the Sheets March 13: ADHD Between the Sheets March 20: ADHD Between the Sheets March 25: How to Feel Sexy Naked - Mansfield University March 26: Clitoris: It’s Not a Bad Word- St. Mary’s College of Maryland March 27: Sex: Am I Normal? - Hobart and William Smith Colleges March 29: How to Feel Sexy Naked and Sex: Am I Normal? - Millersville University in the afternoon, then Vibrators 101 private party at night April 1: Topic TBA - University of Pennsylvania April 2: My ass is hoping a plane to Jamaica or something
If you would like to book a private party, college workshop, or any other kind of sex ed event during the days I’m not already booked, let me know! My April already looks like much of the same so don’t wait to the last minute or my calendar will likely fill without you. Email email@example.com to inquire.
The graphic designer and I have been working on a logo for my Hysteria line of sex toys. We have it narrowed down to a handful, and I’m going to let you vote on your favorite! Voting will take place on my facebook page, so if you’d like to be a part of this, be sure to join the conversation at www.facebook.com/sexdocjill #hysteriaupdate
Phono convo with hotel manager where I just booked Female Sexuality Boot Camp:
Him: Ms. McDevitt, I tried to email you the contract for the meeting room, but it bounced back. I think I have the wrong email address. I have firstname.lastname@example.org. Me: It’s jill@theSEXOLOGIST.org Him: The what?? Me: Jill@t-h-e-s-e-x-o-l-o-g-i-s-t.org Him: So I gotta ask… what kind of meeting are you planning here? Because we can’t allow anything inapp- Me: There will be no nudity. I’m a sexologist. It’s a real thing. I have a Ph.D. in human sexuality. It’s just a sex education class. [can you tell I’ve been through this before?] Him: I didn’t mean to offend you. It’s just that the hotels across the river in Philly host some weird meetings and I wanted to make sure it wasn’t anything like that. Me: What do you mean “weird”? Him: Well they have SWINGER meetings!! [laughing in a way as if to invite me to join in the mockery] Me: …. [deliberate silence, because sometimes silence is more powerful than words]…. I don’t think that’s weird. But I won’t be doing that at this meeting. So don’t worry.
When you book a hotel meeting room, do you get asked if you’ll be fucking anyone who isn’t your regular partner? Because I do. #sexologistproblems #erotophobia
ADULTS not allowed to attend sexuality workshop: The war on sex ed
Forget the ongoing debate about the need for sex education in grade schools, because now we can’t even get people to agree that adults (ADULTS!!!) should be entitled to sexuality information.
A Tennessee law maker drafted a resolution to stop the University of Tennessee (college students = ADULTS) from hosting their annual Sex Week event. Sex Weeks are events held at campuses all over the country that host speakers, films, panel discussions, etc, on sexuality, gender, pleasure, politics, health, and so on. You must read this House Joint Resolution 661 and bask in the government’s “outrage” over this “atrocious event”- the event of ADULTS learning about sex, which, PS, they need to do because the educational system completely failed them as children and adolescents. We now have sexually illiterate adults, who STILL aren’t allowed to seek out knowledge and information about sexual bodies and relationships. It is infuriating.
For those of us who work as sexuality educators for adults on college campuses, this is frightening. It’s already treacherous work in which you can be relentlessly harassed and have your professional reputation ruined by libelous news agencies and bloggers who report lies about what you do in order to fan a fire of outrage at the idea that you are teaching ADULTS about….sex!
It happened to me this time last year. I spoke at Yale University’s Sex Week event about sexual diversity. In this popular program I’ve taught dozens of times, I ask students a series of 40 questions which they electronically answer anonymously to demonstrate that sexual diversity exists despite what one might assume about another’s sexuality by looking at them. Take home message: You don’t know someone’s story, their history, their experiences, when it comes to sexuality, so don’t judge. I ask everything from “have you ever had a threesome?” to “are you circumcised?”, “and “have you ever been sexually assaulted?”.
During the Yale Sex Week event, three students in the room of 33 responded positively to “have you ever accepted payment for sex?”, a question to gauge the assumptions about what it means to be a sex worker and what a “sex worker” might look like. This was spun by Fox News, the Drudge Report, and others into the headline “1 in 10 Yale students are prostitutes”. One student responded positively to the question “have you ever engaged in sexual activity with a non-human animal” which turned in to the accusation that I “taught students how to engage in bestiality on campus.” One blogger even found a photo from this blog from years before of me and a friend horseback riding. They cropped out my friend, and used the photo of me on a horse with their article on “bestiality” to imply that I myself have sex with animals.
It was fascinating, and also nauseating, to watch the whisper down the lane effect. The bigger the story got, the more and more untrue it became. The lies and attacks on me could have completely destroyed my career. If you google my name, blogs about Yale and “teaching bestiality” are still on the first page. I received a handful of death and violence threats in the aftermath.
I am not the only one. My colleagues and fellow adult sexuality educators have faced similar controversies and public backlash for doing the good, and necessary, work that they do- educating adults who voluntarily attend a workshop on bodies, pleasure, sexual health, and sexual violence.
What the Tennessee House has done makes my job harder, and more dangerous. It is also a huge insult to the students who are young adults being infantilized by their government, and it is a big disservice to the community at large, which desperately needs the next generation to be sexually literate. And lastly, sexuality related or not, I have a problem with anyone who says ANY topic doesn’t deserve to be learned, explored, and discovered. The anti-intellectualism is remarkable.
There is an attack on sex education. This is bad enough for children, but adults?? You can email the sponsor of this House Resolution at email@example.com.
It think I just broke my orgasm record. Not sure because I lost count for awhile, but it was certainly near 67, if not more. I should totally teach a class so people can learn how to have these orgasm marathons. Oh wait, I already do! It’s called Female Orgasm 101. Why haven’t you hired me yet?
Feb 20: ADHD Between the Sheets seminar Feb 21: Drive from PA to Virginia Feb 22: 8 hours of Female Sexuality Boot Camp Feb 23: 8 hours of Female Sexuality Boot Camp Feb 24: Drive from Virginia to South Carolina Feb 25: Virgins and Sluts program at Clemson University Feb 26: Drive from South Carolina to Massachusetts Feb 27: Private party (possibly) Feb 28: Drive from Massachusetts to PA March 1: Pass out
Why sexologist facilitated sex toy party consultant training needs to be a thing
This weekend I’m embarking on 16 (almost) straight hours of sex ed. It’s going to rigorous, intense, and well, boot camp like, but if you do the home party thing, as a consultant for Pure Romance, Passion Parties, BK Parties, or any other direct sales sex toy company, you can’t afford NOT to embark on this 16 hour adventure with me, and your customers can’t afford you not to either.
#1. All the obvious business improvement reasons people enroll in any training program related to their occupation: It’s a tax write off. You’ll get a certificate of completion to impress upon your customers your dedication to helping them to the best of your ability. You can improve your reputation as a knowledgeable consultant, which could help you book more parties. You could improve sales by better being able to explain your products and how they work. You will have an advantage over your competition. It’s a great networking opportunity.
But for those who take their business seriously, this is the most important reason:
#2 We ALL need and deserve good sexuality education; education that is scientifically accurate, positive, affirms sexuality as a part of overall health and wellness, and promotes sexual equality. Almost NONE of us got this education, including your clients. Including you, most likely. Your parties serve primarily as a sales/business opportunity for you, but research has found that many party attendees see it as more than that- they see it as a sexuality education opportunity.
Attendees of sex toy parties ask lots of tough and serious sexuality questions of their sex toy salesperson- you, including questions about relationship troubles, communication, pain or discomfort during sex, how a particular product might help alleviate a medical or sexual dysfunction, sexual anatomy, response, erectile, vaginal lubrication, and/or orgasm difficulty, and values clarification questions such as what’s “OK” to fantasize about, ask for, and desire. If you as the salesperson haven’t been well trained either, where does the scientifically accurate sexuality education come in?
Being seen as a sexuality educator in a world where most people never have had access to sexuality education is a big responsibility. Let me use an analogy. If I sold pet products, such as dog food, bones, collars, and toys, I’d likely get questions from customers about which I recommend and things of that nature. If I sold pet products in a world where veterinarians were rare and few people had access to them, just as sexologists are rare and few people have access to sexuality research, I’d be getting more serious questions about pet care and animal health that my product knowledge of dog toys would not qualify me to answer.
There are only a few hundred sexologists. There are 100,000 home sex toy salespeople. You (collectively) are able to reach far, far more people and engage in many more educational opportunities around sexuality than my colleagues and I ever could. As such, you have an ethical duty, obligation, and responsibility, in my humble opinion, to do it right. Female Sexuality Boot Camp won’t make you sexologist of course, but it will give you more formal classroom instruction around human sexuality in two days than most people will ever have in their lifetime, and you can use what you learn to do right by the people who look to you for sex ed. And one key topic that will be covered in class is how to recognize the limits of your expertise, even after this training, and responsibly make referrals and connect customers to other resources when their need goes beyond the scope of your skill set.
THIS is the difference between selling sex toys and being a sex toy consultant.
Have I convinced you to sign up? If so, you can register here.
If not, I’d like to hear why. Is it a timing issue? Cost issue? Location issue? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can create a training program that you would find beneficial to enroll in.
Just submitted my proposal for the first product in the Hysteria vibrator line, and they love it! My 7 page report including my sketches are being sent to the materials engineer now to see which type of silicone would work best for this type of product. #hysteriaupdate
I bought today’s Philadelphia Daily News because there was a nice blurb about Hysteria, my forthcoming sex toy line. But on page 5… oh on page 5, I read this full page article.
It’s a “nostalgia” piece with a “I remember when…” list of things like “cars had running boards”, “milk was delivered in glass bottles”, and “movie theaters had balconies”, etc. Ok cool. Nostalgia can be fun sometimes, especially when it’s about your childhood. Last weekend I went to a 90s flashback party. It certainly moved something inside of me to remember what it felt like to walk in chunky heels, dance to N’Sync, sing to The Lion King, and eat candy like Warheads.
Reminiscing about music, movies, fashion, TV commercials, and consumer products that bring you back to a special time in your life- I get it. But when one starts being nostalgic for “the way things were”, it becomes pretty unsafe for almost anyone not a a straight white man. The “way things were” were pretty fucking awful for women, people of color, people in the LGBT community, and lots of other folks. Looking back on it sentimentally gets you sentences like these, included among this journalist’s list of ” I remember when…”
- Women wore nylons that came in two separate pieces, one for each leg, held up by garters attached to a garter belt (Don’t get me started on garter belts.) Panty hose - the dream of women, the night mare of men- came later.
- Nearly all moms were home when kids returned from school. That was when dad’s solo salary was enough to finance a middle-class life. It’s fine if women want to work- they certainly pretty up the office (and win Pulitzer Prices)- but most women need to work today. Something screwy has happened to the American economy.
- “Race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
- Girls made out, didn’t put out.
To be fair he wrote some of his memories were good, and some “not so good”, but yet he does certainly seem to look back at the “not so good” ones wistfully. To recap we have some slut-shaming (he could make out with girls, but if she had sex with him, he can still belittle her about it 60 years later. Sounds fair), woman were either caretaker for his kids or, if she must work, something pretty for him to look at, and “race issues” didn’t exist… because he was a white kid. What a world to live in!
Did you have a different experience? Let’s do a little experiment. No matter what decade you grew up in, email me 4 completions to the sentence stem “I remember when…”. I’ll pick out several and share them here tomorrow. It’s time for a new perspective on those “good old days”. You can email me at email@example.com.
PS: I should add, the more I become a public figure and the bigger my following gets, the harder it is to blog criticisms like this. I looked up this journalist, and he and I have 30 friends in common on facebook, so these critique pieces start to become personal, unfortunately. Hopefully our mutual friends can be objective :)
Two open-to-the-public sex ed opportunities coming up this week
You all know sex ed is the love of my life, but sadly, other than via social media, my primary modes of disseminating sexuality education has been at universities, and via in-home parties, which I love, but has limited my audience largely to college students and 18-35 year old women who have 6 or more friends.
So I’m excited to remind you that I have two sex ed events happening this week that are open to the public, and are geared towards two demographics very different and unique from my usual audiences.
One is called “ADHD Between the Sheets” and is a webinar series for people who have, and/or people who are in sexual relationships with people who have ADHD. I’m co-presenting with a psychologist who specializes in ADHD treatment. Info here: https://fn101.infusionsoft.com/go/adhdbts/JillMcDivett
The second is called “Female Sexuality Boot Camp” and is a a two-day sexuality and business training for folks who work as consultants for sex toy party companies. If you sell for Passion Parties, Pure Romance, own or manage an adult toy store, or otherwise market sexuality consumer products specifically to women, this training will provide priceless practical knowledge on sexuality to help you better inform and connect with your customers. Info here: http://www.thesexologist.org/boot-camp.html
If these don’t apply to you, please pass the info along if you know someone who could find either of these programs useful!
If you haven’t heard, the big news around here is that I’m launching my very own line of sex toys; the first known sexologist designed sex toys ever in the world!
I broke the news the second the contract was signed between myself and Si Novelties*, the company that will be manufacturing my creations. So while the news is exciting, I didn’t have much more information to provide other than, I’M GOING TO HAVE MY OWN LINE OF SEX TOYS!
Answers to your questions (like, when will they come to market?, what will they look like? and, where can I buy one?), will be forthcoming.
But one piece of information I can reveal now is the name of the line. When brainstorming a name I thought:
What word encompasses my mission for this toy line? What word references female sexuality, bodies, and empowerment? What word encapsulates unapologetic vibrator use, masturbation, and clitoral stimulation? What word symbolizes vibrators as liberation from sexual oppression of female-bodied people?
If you’re not familiar, Hysteria is the name of the bogus medical diagnosis given to sexually repressed women in the Victorian era, for which the vibrator was invented to treat. Long story short, no one loved on clits. As such the ladies were pretty sexually frustrated (because duh!), but instead of learning to love on clits, husbands** just assumed their wives must be diseased if she’s not getting off on his almighty phallus. The doctors called this disease hysteria. Surprise surprise, doctors found that symptoms of hysteria (read: horniness) were relieved when the patient was treated by pelvic massage (read: clitoral stimulation) with a vibrating medical device (read: vibrator) until she experienced paroxysm (read: orgasm). Women went to the doctor often for their hysteria treatments!
There was so much structural misogyny at the time it was simply impossible for folks to believe women could be sexual. If they exhibited behaviors of desire (such as vaginal lubrication, which was listed among the “symptoms” of hysteria in medical texts) it MUST be that she’s diseased. “Hysteria” is the pathologization of female sexuality which ultimately, ironically, lead to the liberation of female sexuality; the vibrator.
For me with this line of sex toys that I will design and will bear my name, it’s really important to keep sexuality out of the shadows. In the hysteria story, we see how dangerous and oppressive it can be when we try to hide or cloak sexuality. Folks had to invent disorders and medical devices as a way to deal with sexuality while still keeping it hidden, camouflaged, and in the shadows. Today, it’s not nearly as bad (at least we don’t have to pretend we’re ill and get masturbated by our family doctor to get some clit love), but vibrators today are still very much in the shadows with euphemisms like “massagers”, “marital aids”, “adult novelties” and “pleasure objects” attempting to downplay and conceal their purpose.
Let me be clear. Hysteria will be a line of VIBRATORS, which are designed for the primary function of MASTURBATION, stimulation of the CLITORIS, and hopefully, ORGASM. No shame. Own it. And calling it Hysteria is my cheeky way of celebrating that out of deep, deep patriarchy, erotophobia, prudish morality, and clitoris-neglect, came the invention of the vibrator. HAHA we win :)
* After hearing how Hysteria was named, you might be wondering how Si Novelties got it’s name. Si is the symbol for Silicon on the Periodic Table of Elements. Silcon is used to make silicone, the material of higher end vibrators. The company was founded in 1998.
**husbands, because during this period in Britain, homosexual sex was punishable by death (!) and pre-marital sex punishable with social ostracism, so if a woman was publicly admitting to anything remotely sexual, it would be with her married male partner.
Every once in a while I like to change things up. This time, I want to go back to all the topics having a simple “101” title. I find that some of the current title inadvertently mislead people (like The History of the Vibrator sounds like a boring history lesson when really it’s one of the best party topics, At the Sex Shop sounds confusing, and no one knows what to make of Sex: Am I Normal?)
Here’s the new ones:
Fellatio 101 = Fellatio 101
The Female Orgasm = Female Orgasm 101
The History of the Vibrator = Vibrators 101
Kama Sutra Positions = Kama Sutra Positions 101
Lingerie Photo Shoot = Lingerie 101
At the Sex Shop = (any suggestions? I was thinking “Sex Toys 101” because it talks about all sex toys, not just vibes, like lubes, oils, whips, etc. but I’m afraid that would be confused with “Vibrators 101” because when most people think of sex toys they think of vibrators. This topic showcases the best sex products on the market, and it’s funny because it also showcases the worst too)
The Truth About 50 Shades of Grey = BDSM 101
Sex Trivia = Sex Trivia 101
Sex: Am I Normal? = (any suggestions? This is a workshop all about asking anonymous questions via text, appreciating sexual diversity, not making assumptions about others’ sexual experiences, and so much more. It’s quickly become my #2 most popular topic, but the elevator pitch sucks and the title, while it works for college workshops, sounds less appetizing as an in-home party. Help!)
I’d love to hear your name suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m also updating my fee structure to be more budget accommodating :)
And I need some new footage of my parties for my website, so people can see what to expect when choosing their topic. So if you’d like to be filmed for my website like these people, also email me at email@example.com. We’d do a medley, where you’d get a small 20 minute sampling of multiple parties.
WOOT! That’s the big one! That’s the Big Exciting News I’ve been hinting and teasing about on social media for the last 2 months! It is official- there is a Dr. Jill, Sexologist line of sex toys coming to market! *happy dance, happy happy happy dance!*
I am teaming up with Si Novelties, a company based in my home state of Pennsylvania, to manufacture a line of vibrators under the Dr. Jill, Sexologist brand. But let me be clear about why this is such a unique and exciting endeavor. This is NOT an endorsement deal, where standard, existing stock product would be repackaged and slapped with my name and logo. Oh no.
These will be Dr. Jill, sexologist designed toys. Si Novelties is granting me full and total freedom over these products, and I will be responsible for innovating the design, creating the model, designing the shape, size, function, and utility, engineering the motor, selecting the materials, and crafting the packaging. I will personally be doing every step along the way of getting the idea in my brain to become the product in your hand (or vulva, as it were), except for physically manufacturing, which is of course what Si Novelties will be doing.
No one else has ever done this. While sexologists, doctors, porn stars, and even mainstream celebrities have endorsed sex toys, no one degreed or trained in human sexuality has, to my knowledge, ever actually designed vibrators from scratch.
Most vibrators currently on the market are designed by businessmen, engineers, graphic artists, sculptors, and clothing designers. Vibrators designed by a person actually trained in human sexual anatomy and orgasmic response is a groundbreaking, industry-changing, endeavor.
I’m very excited about what this means for me, and my career, and very VERY excited about what this means for consumers.
How did I team up with Si Novelties? Now this is fun story of poetic justice. When I closed Feminique after many harrowing issues with the borough of West Chester, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a wonderful piece about my work as an advocate for unapologetic, female-positive, and pleasure-positive sexuality. The president of Si Novelties read it and had an a-ha moment: a feminist, sexologist designed line of sex toys is brilliant! And here we are! *happy happy happy dance*
I just had someone tell me “in jest” that he’s a rapist (direct quote: “I am a rapist”) and then tell me “If I am even approached by the police you will be hit with a lawsuit in the blink of an I (sic)” when I threatened to report his admission of a felony. So either he’s a rapist, and I’m expected to sit by and do absolutely nothing with this knowledge (a’ la Joe Paterno), or he’s not a rapist, in which case he’s a complete moron for saying that he is, in writing, in public, and threatening to sue someone for taking him seriously. Everyone else on the thread, PS, chastised ME for “missing an opportunity to educate him” and apologized to HIM that the conversation “got so out of hand”. I AM OVER IT. I am done with the internet for awhile. You’re not going to hear from me again until I break my Big Exciting News. Until then, self care, because it’s only Tuesday and I’ve dealt with more rape apologists this week than anyone should have to in an entire lifetime.
I’m too emotionally #$%& this week on the topic of sexual violence to write my own piece on everyone doubting Dylan Farrow’s accusations that Woody Allen molested her at 7 years old, but I want to encourage you to investigate it with a critical eye yourself. This piece by Aaron Bady is a good place to start, best exemplified by the line “We are in the midst of an ongoing, quiet epidemic of sexual violence, now as always. We are NOT in the midst of an epidemic of false rape charges, and that fact is important here.”
The following isn’t a treatise on abortion, it’s a commentary on logic vs. dogma.
There’s this thing called SCIENCE, and it helps us build knowledge and understanding of the world around us through controlled observation and data that is testable and repeatable. SCIENCE (not to mention common sense and logic) says that to reduce the number of abortions a population has, one of two things must happen:
#1. Birth control must be effective, readily available, and affordable
#2. People need to be informed and educated about how to use said birth control, and empowered with the self-efficacy to follow through and use it.
In short, free BC and sex ed.
NO ONE is “pro-abortion”. No one says, “what are you doing Friday night?”, “Oh I don’t know. Want to go get an abortion?”, “Sounds fun, pick you up at 8!” EVERYONE wants there to be fewer abortions. EVERYONE would be happy if there was never another abortion that needed to be performed. And yet with so much common ground, we have a vile and ugly political battle being waged on the matter, and what it comes down to is a failure on the part of the one side to reconcile logic vs. their dogma.
I’ve used this example before. If you’re truly anti-abortion, you would (based on what SCIENCE tells us in #1 and #2 above) be advocating free condoms. Free birth control pills. You’d be standing on the corners giving out condoms. You’d be running TV and internet commercials daily that says “don’t forget to take your birth control pill today!” You’d lobby your local school board to start sexuality education as young as possible. You’d volunteer to teach students how BC works, and why it’s important to take it at the same time everyday, and how to make sure they know how to reduce the risk of condom slippage and breakage. You’d be on the front lines of the sex education and free birth control movement because you’d know, because SCIENCE, that this would be the best, most effective way to prevent abortions, and you’d want to make sure that everyone has all the birth control they need and all the knowledge they need on how to use it, so they won’t need an abortion, this thing you supposedly loathe. THIS would be the logical model of the anti-abortion movement, based on SCIENCE!
And yet, completely contrary to the data and facts and SCIENCE, the anti-abortion movement is both anti-abortion, AND anti-birth control, AND anti-sex education. It’s truly the textbook definition of illogical- it is against logic.
Instead, their efforts have been focused on two things we know from SCIENCE (as well as common sense, and history) are completely ineffective at preventing abortions.
#1. Promoting refraining from sex, or shaming people (mostly women) who have sex
#2. Using legal means to restrict abortion access (closing clinics, shortening the number of weeks into gestation it’s legal, requiring multiple visits to the clinic and waiting periods in between to make it cost prohibitive, requiring bizarre and offensive medical treatments like vaginal wand probes, and so on).
These are not effective methods at preventing abortions. Even if these tactics weren’t misogynist, classist, sex-phobic, and cruel, (which they are in my opinion), they would still be problematic because they DON’T WORK.
My new favorite expression is “human beings are going to human being”. People will have sex. Always. Early. And often. They just will. So encouraging/forcing/shaming/lying/misleading/begging people into not having sex is not going to change a thing. They will still have sex. And then because birth control is expensive, a challenge to access, and they aren’t skilled in effective use, they will get pregnant. Now what? People will have abortions. Because once again, human beings are going to human being. Abortions have been happening since before antiquity, since the beginning of humans. If they don’t go to a doctor to do it, they will use coat hangers, they will use bleach, they will stomp on the abdomen, they will concoct herb recipes. They will still do it, but they will hurt themselves or die in the process. Well documented SCIENCE has shown that people will always have sex, people will always seek abortions, and anti-sex and anti-abortion methods are completely ineffective at lowering the rates of abortion. You don’t have to like it. I don’t have to like it. But that doesn’t make it true, and once again completely illogical to do otherwise.
So this is the long-winded history and context to the big story out today that yet another study was released indicating that abortion rates during the period of time investigated (2008-2011) are the lowest they’ve ever been in the 40 years since abortion was legalized in the United Stated under Roe v. Wade. And, the researchers concluded, it was not the restrictive laws or the anti-sex “well you shouldn’t spread your legs if you can’t handle the consequences” rhetoric that we have to thank. It’s…. drum roll… more access to affordable and effective birth control.
So, it should be a banner day for anti-abortion folks because abortion is at an all-time low (win), and we know why (win) and we know how to replicate this solution so that abortions can continue to decrease (win) and the solution is very easy and inexpensive, simply supply birth control (win). So they’re throwing a parade right? Wrong. Quote from MSNBC:
"Some anti-abortion activists aren’t cheering on the lowered rate. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, derided the report as “an abortion industry propaganda piece short on data and long on strained conclusions.” She particularly noted that the reporting of data is voluntary.”
And here’s our logic v. dogma problem again. Critical thinking is the ability to reconsider and revise views where evidence suggests change is warranted. To see evidence, SCIENCE, and refuse to accept it, is dogma.
I’ll use a hypothetical analogy of a subject close to my heart; sexual violence. I wholeheartedly believe that sex-phobia is correlated with the incidence of sexual violence. As such, I fight for sex-positivity. However if all data, research, and scientific inquiry demonstrated again and again that in fact eating pumpernickel bread, was most strongly related to incidences of rape, I WOULD HAVE TO REVISE MY BELIEFS TO FIT THE TRUTH, if I truly cared about preventing sexual violence. I would drop my arguments on sex-phobia and instead embark on an anti-pumpernickel bread campaign. Holding on to my strongly held beliefs, regardless of how important and valuable they are to me, in the face of evidence and SCIENCE to the contrary, would be actually counter productive to the cause I claim to care about. I appreciate how hard that would be to adjust my beliefs about sex-phobia and rage against pumpernickel bread instead. But If I truly care about preventing sexual violence, I’d have to do what science says is the most effective way, because SCIENCE! What’s more important, the dogma of being a sex-positivist, or using logic to get actual results in the way of sexual violence prevention?
For some reason, anti-abortion folks keep choosing dogma.