I’ve been thinking about Monday’s letter. People tend to assume – have you noticed? -- that since people are no longer inhibited about discussing sex, people have fewer misconceptions about it.
Not true. What people spread with all that talk is their misconceptions. Probably they have more misconceptions about the subject – but different ones, like these:
• Continuously jumping from bed to bed will not affect my capacity for romantic intimacy and trust.
• The more sexual partners I have, the more I will enjoy sex.
• The popularization of contraceptives reduces the number of out-of-wedlock pregnancies.
Each notion is contrary to experience. Each one is demonstrably false. Each one is believed without question.