Mark Regnerus, the University of Texas sociology professor who authored a widely panned study on same-sex parenting that would likely get failed if a grad student were to propose such a study for a thesis, has spent a lot of time pretending to be just a truth-seeking researcher following the evidence where it leads (indeed, the anti-gay group that funded his study drafted talking points for him that said exactly that). An interview he did recently with far-right anti-gay pastor Jim Garlow should put that to rest once and for all.
There’s a very interesting segment of the interview around the 6 minute mark. He cites a study that shows that 20% of all marriages for those between 24 and 32 are non-monogamous, about half of them with the knowledge or consent of their partner. He claims that “30 or 40 years ago, if you had somebody who cheated you basically showed them the door.” But then he goes on to claim that “women are in a structurally more vulnerable position in the mating market than they used to be, and this sort of goes back 50 years to the advent of the pill.”
There’s just so much absurdity here. First of all, women who were cheated on were in a hell of a lot more vulnerable position 50 or 60 years ago when few of them could support themselves on their own because they were largely locked out of educational opportunities and the job market. Second of all, how on earth does birth control make women “more vulnerable” than the lack of it? He makes the absolutely bizarre argument that because women have more control over when they reproduce, this makes them worse off.
The discussion goes on and on from there, with the essential point being that all of this social science data that he has amassed proves that what the Bible says about sex is true and should be followed. But hey, he’s just an academic following the evidence wherever it leads, not a religious ideologue with an axe to grind churning out methodologically ridiculous “studies” to support that ideology. Just ask him, he’ll tell you.