Health
Amanda Pendolino
November 27, 2012

Florida Asks Women Invasive Sex Questions in Survey; Men Get Super Offended


“Has a man ever poked holes in a condom to get you pregnant?”

That’s just one of the friendly questions found in a recent survey mailed to women by the Florida Department of Health. According to ABC News, the department is looking for information from women between the ages of 18 and 24 to “help them understand women’s need for and approach to family-planning services” and better “understand gaps and disparities in women’s use of the services.”

Other questions in the 12-page questionnaire include:

“How many sexual partners have you had?”

“Have you ever been raped?”

“Have you ever been physically abused?”

“What’s your religion?”

“Do you smoke?”

“How much do you weigh?”

“Has a sexual partner ever told you he would have a baby with someone else if you didn’t get pregnant?”

The state says that the survey is completely voluntary and participants will remain anonymous. Participants are being encouraged with a $10 gift card to CVS (I’d do it!).

Strangely, it’s men who seem to be the most offended by these questions. Slate reports The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which called the survey “offensive,” didn’t bother to ask any women what they thought. Meanwhile, The New York Daily News concluded that “some females are offended by frank questions” based on one interview with a male political consultant – and zero interviews with women.

Yes, some of these questions are invasive – but if I were a lady in Florida, I’d be even more offended that men are trying to tell me how I should feel about it. I can’t wait for the next all-male panel about women’s health…have you seen these recent horrifying arguments against birth control, like, “it causes men to take advantage of young girls,” and, “it’s basically free already?” Ugh.