Critical Thinking and Sexual Decisions

Answer the following: How do you use the principles of critical thinking in making sexual decisions?

I can remember from past classes that evidence of correlation does not necessarily mandate a direct connection. I can see now how many arguments are based on comparative logic rather than hard facts. In our text, I was particularly interested in the link between premarital cohabitation and divorce. I have always heard that premarital cohabitation increases the chances of divorce dramatically. I guess I had never considered that cohabitation might not be the direct cause of divorce, but rather some other variable linked to premarital cohabitation. Specifically, when making the decision about premarital cohabitation it would be beneficial to understand fully the link between premarital cohabitation and divorce. As the text suggests, divorce might be linked to more liberal viewpoints, which more often than not dictate premarital cohabitation. It is possible however to, because of a religious or moral upbringing, engage in premarital cohabitation and still remain married for the rest of your life, thus undermining the premarital cohabitation\divorce link.

Give an example from your own life in which you would use critical thinking to make a decision about sex.

I have been interested in the pro-life/pro-choice debate for some time. I have read many books and many articles on the subject. I think that it is very important to examine the assumptions or premises of arguments. I would, however, like to examine a pro-choice maxim. The slogan “A woman’s right to choose…” has always been of particular interest to me. Again the subject of whether abortion involves a human being or a fetus comes into play because if the aborted fetus is a human being then we are talking about a woman’s right to kill her own child. However, if the fetus is inanimate, then having an abortion would be more akin to having an organ removed. Both hinge on the ability to prove or disprove that a fetus is or is not a human being. If I were ever faced with such a decision I would be forced to answer that fundamental question in order to satisfy the demands of my superego, according to Freud.

References

Finchner-Rathus, L., Nevid, J.S., Rathus, S.A. (2005). Human sexuality in a world of diversity, sixth edition. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

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