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WASHINGTON, DC — The Independent Women’s Forum today released the special report “Sex (Ms.) Education: What Young Women Need to Know (But Won’t Hear in Women’s Studies) About Sex, Love, and Marriage,” written by Carrie Lukas, IWF’s director of policy. The report contains numerous eye-opening examples from women’s studies textbooks that would shock most parents, as well as students.

“Too often, college women are getting a warped perspective on sex, love, and marriage,” said Lukas. “People might not be surprised to hear that young women get misinformation from much of pop culture, but they might be surprised to know that it can also be found in many college classrooms.”

Pouring through women’s studies texts, Lukas found feminist authors criticizing the institution of marriage as repressive for women and uncovered essays glorifying promiscuity.

“These texts tend to focus on warning women of the perils of marriage and traditional relationships, and encouraging women to take a much more liberal view of sex. What’s always left out of the discussion is the benefits associated with marriage and the downsides of a promiscuous lifestyle,” Lukas continued.

“Sex (Ms.) Education” recounts how many women are regretful and confused after engaging in casual sex, and how women are much more vulnerable than men are in contracting sexually transmitted diseases. The report also highlights research that suggests that marriage is associated with greater happiness, health and financial security.

“Young women need to know all of the facts about sex, love and marriage so that they can make informed decisions about how to achieve their own long-term happiness,” said Lukas.