Friday, April 27, 2007

Unprotected (book review)

A book review by The Movie Snob

Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student, by Anonymous, M.D. (Penguin 2006). The lengthy subtitle just about says it all, as this small volume clocks in at only 151 pages. The main argument of the book is twofold: (1) that the sexual mores now prevalent on college campuses carry some bad side effects that affect more women than men (both psychological and physical), and (2) that there is a very strong pressure on those who work in campus counseling centers to treat the side effects without encouraging behavioral changes inconsistent with the new sexual ethic. Although they are encouraged to hound students about smoking, they are discouraged from suggesting that STDs are health risks that ought to be prevented. When treating young women with depression, counselors feel pressured not even to ask questions about abortions or STDs. The anonymous author, who was outed shortly after this book was published, also remarks on psychology’s prejudice against people who have strong religious beliefs. An interesting and worthy little book, but I doubt it has reached a very wide audience.


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