Promiscuity claim gets cold shoulder

NZ Herald 10 May 2012
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says questions should be asked about older men “preying” on young women, rather than about the promiscuity of women. She was commenting on Conservative Party leader Colin Craig’s statement that Kiwi women were the most promiscuous in the world and the taxpayer should not pay for their contraception. Mr Craig made the comment on Radio NZ yesterday while discussing the $1 million initiative to provide grants for women on the benefit to get long-acting contraception. He said he had no problem with contraception but taxpayers should not have to pay for another person’s lifestyle choice. “We are the country with the most promiscuous young women in the world,” he said. “This does nothing to help us at all. We are faced with a reality that the constant changing of partners is a decision young women are making. It’s a destructive decision on a lot of levels. Health is one of those, and it is a big cost to us.” Ms Bennett said there were men in the benefit system who had fathered numerous children, but they escaped much of the criticism. Some had up to eight children to different mothers – and even if they were employed they could not afford child support.

Last night, Mr Craig released the international research he based the claim on – including a survey of behaviour such as one-night stands by an academic at Bradley University in which NZ came second to Finland. Another was the 2007 Durex Global Sex Survey of 26,000 people nationwide, which found NZ women had an average of 20.4 sexual partners – well above the global average of 7.3.

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