The Federal government shelled out more than a quarter million dollars to study whether people can enjoy sex while using different types of contraception in an effort to convince women that they should not have children, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
According to a report from the National Institutes of Health, a grant for $347,176 dollars (and counting) went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a project that studies different types of contraception, their rates of use, and couples’ satisfaction with their preferred method of birth control over the course of a year. The study is supposed to provide results that will help manufacturers better market those contraceptives couples don’t mind using in order to promote childlessness.
“High rates of contraceptive dissatisfaction, switching, and discontinuation in the U.S. demand new approaches to contraceptive acceptability and promotion,” the project’s grant says. “Behavioral models of contraceptive use have failed to address sexuality, even though contraception is designed for sexual activity.”
“The proposal catalyzes a patient-centered approach to contraception that has the potential to improve women’s experiences with their methods,” the grant continues, according to WFB. “Research from this program could ultimately be used to help match women with the method(s) they will find the most sexually acceptable—methods they will like and use—thereby helping women fully realize the social, economic, and health benefits of contraception.”
In other words, the University would ultimately like to make the argument that childlessness has plenty of “social, economic, and health benefits,” but researchers — and “reproductive health experts” — are concerned that people simply give up on birth control and have children not because they want to surround themselves with a loving family, but because it’s just not fun to have sex with a condom on.
It’s probably no surprise that the study is the brainchild of a University of Wisconsin-Madison gender studies professor whose research typically focuses on “people who identify as lesbian, bisexual and queer (among many other things).” According to the Free Beacon, the professor believes as much as 20% of the female population is either lesbian or bisexual.
The bad news for taxpayers is that they’ll be funding this research well into 2021, and that the grant is ongoing and up for renewal, so $350,000 is just the baseline spending to find out whether a Wisconsin gender studies professor can convince women to give up on sex with men.