You Know Who Knew Enough To Wear Condoms? The Romans! And Theirs Were Made Of Sheep Intestine

In Windor, Ontario, a hospital CEO has credited a 30 percent increase in child births over the past few weeks to the January release of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. According to David Musyj, and with no actual scientific evidence to back this up, this small boom could have been caused by the predominately female-read "book" trilogy, which detailed a dom-sub BDSM relationship. Robin Milhausen, an associate professor of human sexuality at the University of Guelph, agreed that the books might possibly, maybe have had some effect, except probably not (I'm paraphrasing).

Setting aside that the books are barely literate tripe, that are a perfect example of how something of lowest common denominator quality can be enormously popular by benefit of being both accessible, undemanding and unremarkable simultaneously (much like the Da Vinci Code), this idea has very little merit. For there to be a real correlation, a study would have to be done charting the number of recent mothers that had read the books before becoming pregnant, and establish that reading the books in fact lead to an increase in sexual activity, which led to the pregnancy.

Considering that this "effect" is localised entirely within Windsor, and that nowhere else is attributing these books to an increase in births, I can draw a second, just as likely conclusion: the people of Windsor don't understand how birth control works. It's just as valid a guess as Musyj's, but far less likely to end up as a line item on a national news broadcast. BDSM is, when done properly, a notoriously safety-oriented business. So, the sort of person who might be inspired to bring whips and ropes into the bedroom would probably also take the time to make certain they were being safe in their underparts.

Because nothing would put a crimp in their breath play then a colicky infant in the next room.

Via CBC.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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