Originally Posted by Gibonius
That's sort of the point though, "the method" is rarely successfully applied. People are going to have sex, so makes some sense to have social policies to minimize the cost.
I almost was kicked out of a grad school class over this. It was a class where the premise was public health policy could change beliefs and behaviours. When it came to BC this was the line the professor took, but I said if you really believe public health policy can change beliefs and behaviours, why not change them to abstinence which is free and 100% effective? She kept saying, "Kids are going to have sex. We need to get them to have safe sex." I kept saying, "If you really believe you can change beliefs and behaviours, the only ethical options is to change it to abstinence as it's free and 100% effective."
Then we started talking about drug and alcohol use by teens. I said we need to teach them to be safe in using substances. She said it was illegal for them to drink and/or use substances so the message we must put out is not to use them. I'm sure you can see where this ended, namely, with me pointing out her complete inconsistency and telling her kids were going to use substances no matter what they were told so let's teach them to be safe users. I was told by the Dean not to argue with her anymore.