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Tashi
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I mentioned in a post awhile ago that my mother had me read Meg Meeker's book about teens and STIs. Apparently there was a lot of misinformation in this book, and I was hoping that you guys could maybe give me a quick run-down of what was incorrect in that book and why, and the "real" facts.

Thanks.

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Heather
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Like I said, I'm not particularly comfortable getting into a big take-down here of social conservatives because in my experience, they often play very dirty, and I've had to deal with some of them making parts of my life highly unpleasant.

But I can give you some things to look at on your own.

One thing you always want to do with books and credibility is look at who the publisher is. Some presses/publishers will ONLY publish things that are of a given political or religious bent, and Regnery is a BIG TIME conservative press: http://www.regnery.com/

You'll not that nearly all the reviews of the book also come from politically/culturally conservative sources, rather than from a mix of perspectives or from some moderate sources. I can't find a single published review on it from anything BUT a religious or culturally conservative source.

Even the subtitle "how sex is killing our kids" is VERY propagandist, and also something that is SUPER iffy coming from a doctor, who should know that sex all by itself rarely kills anyone. HOW people have sex and take care of their sexual health (and don't) is the real issue, and is the more benign, unbiased language and approach a medical professional should be using.


As I recall, there is also a great deal of homophobia in the book.

While these are not professional reviews, you may want to look at the critical reader reviews on Amazon.com, as some of them tackle some of the problems very well: http://www.amazon.com/Epidemic-How-Teen-Killing-Kids/product-reviews/089526143X/ref=cm_cr_dp_hist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar

My caveat up there given, is there a particular part of the book or information you wanted to fact-check?

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Tashi
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Thanks Heather, (sorry for posting in the wrong forum) I'll take a look at the reviews on Amazon, and I don't really have any specific questions about the book currently, but when I go back home for the holidays, I'll probably flip through it and find some of the sections that were wrong sounding to me and post more specific questions.
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Heather
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I don't mean to blow you off with some of this, by the way, it's just that I can only take so much crap from folks like this, so I try and limit how open I make myself to it.

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Tashi
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It's no problem at all. I understand you have an incredibly hard time facing opposition from the more conservative and close-minded people.
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Heather
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It's a little more complicated than that.

If and when I have an issue with someone's ideas, I'm not going to go writing books where I talk about their personal lives, call them names or use their words out of context to intentionally manipulate them. As well, the people that read me don't tend to be people who associate themselves with movements which incorporate violence, like there is in the antichoice movement.

And because of what I do for my living, and the way my life tends to be different than most of these folks' lives, I tend to be more vulnerable to some of this than these folks are, as do my projects. So, one chooses one's battles. I also never want to give some of these folks more air time than I have to, because it can lend them a credibility I don't think is warranted.

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