(CNSNews.com) –The National Science Foundation awarded a grant for $876,752 to the University of Iowa to study whether there is any benefit to sex among New Zealand mud snails and whether that explains why any organism has sex.
I am SO happy to hear that our government is spending money on studying snails to gain insight into the biology and evolution of sex. I still wait for the day when they openly support the scientific study of human sexuality but if we have more intellectual freedom with other species for now, so be it. Drown us in weird facts PLEASE! We need all the science on sex we can get.
But if you follow the link above, you'll realize they're trying to spin this as a waste of money! Huh?
Why does right-wing media continually jump on sex studies as if the devil himself is stealing your tax dollars? Simple: the scientific study of sex leads to new ideas, new insights, an affirmation of evolution, and proof of sexual diversity. That would be completely counter-productive for political agendas that want to promote ignorance, hatred, and fear. So they try to control the minds of the zombies they wish to enslave by acting as if spending money on arguably one of the most important aspects of human life is a waste of tax dollars.
Yes, it's true: education and knowledge cost real money. But in the end, ignorance costs infinitely more, not just in dollar terms but in terms of human health and happiness. Read this little gem about how abstinence education contributes to the pandemic of STIs in the US for one of the many social consequences of keeping people stupid about sex.
Want to know more about the science of sex and my opinions on evolutionary biology, and sexual intelligence? READ Vol. I of my trilogy -- the final section of the book is a guide to smart, ethical and evidence-based sexuality.