Promiscuity claim gets cold shoulder – but is Craig correct?

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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4 comments for “Promiscuity claim gets cold shoulder – but is Craig correct?

  1. Chuck Bird
    10 May 2012 at 2:52 am

    Even if Colin is right he is wrong.

    If Colin wants have an influence he has to do a couple of things.

    Firstly, he has to attract voters while alienating as few as possible.

    Secondly, he have to convince National that he is a credible coalition partner.

    He did not do well by offending Judith Collins who would be one of the more conservative National MPs.

  2. Chuck Bird
    10 May 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I will quote from Peter Davis’s book on HIV, “Intimate Details & Vital Statistics”. The question is 2 or more heterosexual partners in the past 12 months. Males 13.3 NZ, 13.9 UK, 23.4 US. Females 6.5 NZ, 6.7 UK, 11.7 US.

    Seeing there are about the same number of men than women I find it hard to understand whey the female figures are consistently lower unless people are lying.

    In the same table NZ dose much better on the question of same sex ever – better at least from my point of view.

    Peter Davis for some reason has an interest in HIV and homosexual sex.

  3. Rosemary Rodgers
    10 May 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I also think Colin Craig needs to learn to find a more thought provoking way to get his message across.Even though he was probably right,he should have known that that kind of statement would be like red rag to a bull!Maybe he could read & learn from the great reformers of history(ie Wilberforce)who learnt how to express himself in a way that eventually-after a long & persistent stuggle-changed English society.Has Mr Craig got what it takes to change society for the better? I hope so & if he has I wish him well!

  4. 12 May 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Colin Craig comments are supported by the Durex survey. The same questions were asked asked of other respondents in other countries. The role of the explosive growth in Licenced Premises and the use of alcohol has not been discussed. R.T.Ds (Alcopops) ombined with extended trading hours, aggressive marketing, discounted pricing and the explosive growth in the number of liquor licences (14,722 in 2012, up from 6,295 in 1990) are the cause of the current binge drinking culture and abuse of sex. A question that should be asked of young pregnant women is the amount of alcohol they consume.

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