Problems With Assessing Promiscuity

A New Zealand doctor expresses shock and horror at the level of promiscuity he perceives in local women, saying that many come to him, pregnant, stating that they cannot remember who they last had sex with. While the article raises some good points–that it might not be healthy to get intoxicated to the point of initiating sex with strangers–it also struck me as possibly being biased. Why would young women confide about their sexuality in doctors who are judging them? Promiscuity isn’t a problem in and of itself (and even then, how are you defining it?); inaccurate and judgmental portrayals also contribute to social and sexual problems.

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About Jeana


Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.