“Evolution is not politically correct, so of the very broad range of potential sexual behaviour, there is actually only one that is consistently associated with better physical and mental health and that is the one sexual behaviour that would be favoured by evolution. That is not accidental.”

That’s what a psychologist said who released a study, suggesting that safer sex is bad for your mental health.

Does that make sense? Could evolution work that way?

Of course not. Let’s think about it: What can be derived from evolution theory? “Survival of the fittest”, or something like that. In other words: People who like to have sex are likely to have more offspring and therefore have a greater chance to survive. That explains why nature loves sex. Let’s go to safer sex. People who like to have sex can have it now with a very low “risk” of pregnancy. I say “now”, although “condoms” (think of Casanova) have been around for quite some time now. But virtually no one used them and they were everything but safe until recently. They can’t have played any significant role in our evolution. What about other ways of “preventing” pregnancy? Well, you can pull it out before you shoot the load, but that isn’t really safe, either.

That said, I’m quite sure, that evolution favored “real” sex, but I can’t see a way for evolution to discriminate between sex with and without condoms. This difference wasn’t evolutionary important. This doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of safer sex being bad for your mental health, but if it were that way, it couldn’t be the product of natural selection. It couldn’t be something that has been favored by evolution. Evolution might not be politically correct, but it isn’t catholic, either. In fact, the evolution that shaped us has been pretty ignorant to the innovations of the 20th century and it has also been pretty ignorant to religious sexual morality. Everything else would be real astonishing.

Safer sex with condoms is nothing but an easy way to trick evolution. And while it makes perfect sense to assume that the birth control pill has massive influences on our mental health, there’s just no reason to assume the same for condoms. Evolution doesn’t “think” and it surely doesn’t think in categories like protected/unprotected. Evolution doesn’t work on such an abstract level. Evolution might have had influence on some protective measures but unless they are closely related to safer sex with condoms (what could that be?!) the professors conclusion just makes no sense. And one study is far to less to prove the negative effect of condoms, even more if it’s conclusions are highly political.

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