Actress Scarlett Johansson has been an abortion activist and supporter of Planned Parenthood for many years.
A new interview with Playboy this month revealed more about the liberal actress’s beliefs about marriage and sexuality, including the idea that monogamy is not “natural.”
The interview eventually veered towards her thoughts on marriage, at which point she discussed ideas of the institution versus practical reality.
“Well, with every gain there’s a loss, right? So that’s a loss. You have to choose a path. I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing. I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person. I might be skewered for that, but I think it’s work. It’s a lot of work.”
The actress, who was previously married to actor Ryan Reynolds, recently separated from advertising executive Romain Dauriac after two years of marriage. The couple have a two-year-old daughter.
“I think marriage initially involves a lot of people who have nothing to do with your relationship, because it’s a legally binding contract, and that has a weight to it,” the celebrity added. “Being married is different than not being married, and anybody who tells you that it’s the same is lying.”
Johansson is right that marriage does take work, and people do struggle with remaining committed to one sexual partner. But that does not mean monogamy is unnatural or wrong. On the contrary, many say monogamy is the ideal option, the type of relationship that society should strive for.
A lot has to do with a person’s physical health. A 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control about sexually transmitted diseases described abstinence and monogamy as “the most reliable way” to avoid disease.
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Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, wrote more about the issue in 2015:
For years, FRC and other groups have fought the spread — not just of infection and disease — but the mentality that sexual liberalism should be promoted in schools, prioritized in health care, and paid for by taxpayers. As a result, the government is spending $16 billion a year cleaning up the mess it helped make with the “if-it-feels-good-do-it” approach. With more than 20 million new cases of STDs cropping up every year, America’s biggest health crisis may be the one nobody’s talking about. A monster strain of gonorrhea is spreading, and experts say it might be worse than AIDS. That explosion, along with the spike in chlamydia infections, syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis, and herpes is panicking the medical community, which sees that young people are disproportionately affected — “accounting for half of all new [sexually-transmitted infections].”
Many pro-lifers also believe sexual promiscuity is connected to abortions. They point to U.S. statistics that consistently show most abortions are performed on unmarried women, and to the millions of fathers who have failed to take responsibility for their children.
Perhaps Johansson’s statements should not be that surprising, given that she supports Planned Parenthood so strongly.
The abortion chain has a sex education program that it teaches in public schools across the country. Planned Parenthood promotes risky sexual behavior to vulnerable young teens, and some pro-lifers say it uses the program to gain students’ trust and sell more abortions.
In 2014, Live Action release an undercover video series showing Planned Parenthood employees encouraging young teens to participate in sado-masochistic sexual activities, including gagging, whipping, asphyxiation, shopping at sex stores and viewing pornography.
LifeNews also reported that Planned Parenthood’s booklet for HIV-positive youth, “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” tells young people that it is their “human right” to not tell their partner that they have HIV.