A few weeks ago, in my most recent installment of Skepchick’s Guide to the Uterus, I discussed the latest information on the withdrawal method. A new study reveals that pulling out is equally as effective at preventing pregnancy as condoms. Sure, it has it’s flaws, and it doesn’t prevent against STIs.
A couple of people argued that, in the heat of the moment, pulling out doesn’t happen. Others argued that the STI issue is too big to ignore. And others said that teaching people that withdrawal is as good as a condom for preventing pregnancy will result in most people choosing to forgo condoms for the better feeling, easier, cheaper, and always available “pearl necklace” option. (Don’t look that up if you’re at work.)
One suggestion was that we should not even teach withdrawal as an effective pregnancy prevention option because of the fact that people will use it irresponsibly, especially teenagers who are not experienced enough sexually or disciplined enough to know when it’s time to get out.
While I still disagree that withdrawal should remain stigmatized, the last suggestion got me thinking, and I wonder where you guys stand on the idea of this question.
Is it ever a good idea to keep information away from the public, information that could benefit many, to protect them from possibly using it irresponsibly?Â Does it matter what the information is? Does the ratio of possibly benefiting from vs possibly misusing the info matter? Does it matter who is receiving and possibly distributing the information?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET