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The obvious bias makes me question any of the scientific validity of the content
on December 27, 2015
It is tough to take this book seriously when it contains statements like 1. "condoms are not a terribly effective form of birth control, with failure rates at 15 percent...[out of one hundred women] ten to fifteen will be pregnant within a year if condoms are the only form of contraception". I mean - it's just blatantly wrong. Condoms ARE actually an effective form of birth control and they prevent against STDs. They are 98% effective and every failure does not necessarily equate to a pregnancy. 2. "Few parenting concerns during adolescence generate as much emotional turbulence as the possibility that one's child might have a homosexual orientation". Full disclosure - I am pregnant with my first child right now so I am not sure what will freak me out when my boy is a teenager. However, I suspect that if my child has a "homosexual orientation", I'll detect some clues long before adolescence. I imagine I will also have a laundry list of parenting concerns that are likely to generate more turbulence for me before I get to his sexual orientation. Is he getting good grades? Is he doing drugs or alcohol? Is he committing any crimes? Is he respectful and loving? Is he happy? 3. when attempting to prevent your teenage daughter from date rape, "you are much better off dating some you know fairly well rather than someone who is a...chance acquaintance". I understand what the author is driving at, but most rapes are committed by someone known to the victim not a stranger. So...false.
It's dangerous to present belief and opinion as fact. Even as a Christian, I understand this. While the intentions might be pure, these "facts" could lead to someone being seriously hurt. The bias is so strong that it makes me question the validity of any other "facts" presented in the book.