Challenging the Casanova Myth

It’s time to put this myth to rest. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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We heard it again after the Patreaus affair: “All men really want is sex with as many women as possible, and that’s natural. It’s part of our evolution. After all, Boys will be boys.” The idea is as widespread as it is insulting and stereotypical.

And it’s also nonsense according to Rachel Hills in a recent article in “The Atlantic.” Hills cites the evidence laid out by Professor Andrew Smiler of Wake Forest University, who shows that only a small minority of men actually think this way. In his new book, “Challenging Casanova: Beyond the Stereotype of the Promiscuous Young Male” he demonstrates that the vast majority of young males aren’t looking to bed the nearest woman—they’re looking for long-term relationships and love.

If we are mere animals, nothing Patreaus did was actually wrong. But we’re not animals and God didn’t design us for hookups. And the fact that most men want the real thing over cheap imitations shouldn’t surprise us.  For, I’m John Stonestreet.

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No, Not Every Guy Wants to be a Player
Rachel Hills | The Atlantic | November 27, 2012