Bryan Fischer of the Idaho Values Alliance says the exposure of a co-ed housing plan is touching nerves.
“[B]ecause a 20- or 21-year-old female student can contract sexually transmitted disease[s] or get pregnant just as easily as an 18- or 19-year-old student,” he says. “And we just think that a taxpayer-funded institution like the University of Idaho simply should not be in the business of fostering environments that encourage this kind of sexual experimentation.”
Fischer says besides the risk of sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy, young women will be subject to an increased risk of date rape and other violent domestic crimes.
He makes it sound as if women are forced into these living arrangements against their will.
My closest friends in college were female — strictly platonic relationships. If we had the option to live together, I’m sure we would’ve taken that opportunity.
Why is it so hard for Fischer and others like him to understand that it’s possible for guys and girls to have a close relationship without wanting to jump each other at all times?