March 28, 2018

I had a piece in The Federalist yesterday that may be of interest to Unskewed readers:

When news broke last week about a seemingly successful test of a new birth control possibility for men, there was no shortage of interest. What was in short supply, however, was the application of basic reason, understanding, and a sense of social realism not just about sex differences but also about the human person—male and female.

I gave coverage of this topic more than a week to own up to the utter lack of realistic chance of this particular type of male birth control pill ever being widely circulated. I even tried out the idea on my largely liberal undergraduate sociology class. Nobody thought it was realistic. Nobody, that is, except mainstream media and science news outlets.

I seldom write about pharmacological, or even physiological, processes concerning sex and sexuality. It’s the sociological side of that domain that interests me. But this story has gone so far off the rails that I’m jumping in.

The full article is available on The Federalist.

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About the Author

Mark Regnerus is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a senior fellow at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. His research is in the areas of sexual behavior, family, marriage, and religion. Mark is the author of over 40 published articles and book chapters, and three books.

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