Monday, April 18, 2011

Talk About Missing The Boat

A top surgeon opines an editorial about a study done of college co-eds that says that women who have sex without a condom are happier than ones who use them.
In what has to be one of the more spectacular "Let me act as if my fantasy was true" moments I can recall, Dr. Lazar Greenfield pens the most idiotic editorial in Surgery News stating that semen is an anti-depressant.
He's resigned. I'm satisfied. But not semiotically.
Now, the study does seem to indicate that semen may have some anti-depressant capacity, to be sure. But here's the thing: it's not clear from the study whether there's a psychological component involved, i.e. that college women who used condoms were not in happy, steady relationships, while women who were in such relationships could relegate condom use to the back burner.
Which would be my impression: if you're using a condom, you're worried about STDs and/or pregnancy, which means you're not in a committed relationship (or you don't believe you are, which is even more important). If you're not, you're not worried.
Worried people are pessimistic. Pessimists tend towards depression.