Before we get going with the regular post, this week Connor called me up with a notification he got from our podcast host!
We Hit 2,500,000 Downloads!
Thank you so much for your constant support! This is thrilling. “Listens” tend to be higher than downloads, and that number doesn’t include the people who watch on YouTube instead of listen to the podcast. So Bare Marriage is reaching more and more people, and I’m so grateful. Keep telling people about us!
One of the most frequent questions I get is about badly done research.
I’m enjoying a wonderful few weeks off, but I’ve decided that while I’m on vacation I’m going to post on Tuesdays about a great writer that I want you all to know, and on Thursdays some older podcasts that you may have missed.
This week I’ve decided to highlight a bunch of podcasts with a common theme: How research needs to be done well, and what it looks like when research and statistics are misused.
While I’m mostly offline, I’m still seeing social media messages and what’s going on in the wider world.
(And to everyone who has asked: No, I haven’t seen the Barbie movie yet. Rebecca and Connor saw it last week and loved it; I’m going with Keith, my mom, and my daughter Katie early next week!).
One of the big social media conversations that’s been happening lately is this one:
Do conservative Christians have better marriages and sex lives?
This has largely come up again because of Nancy Pearcey’s new book The Toxic War on Masculinity, and the conversation surrounding it. We’re working on a podcast on it that will likely air in April, along with an op ed and a few blog posts, but I’ve already dealt with these claims in a podcast from last year.
Refuting Josh Howerton’s claims about better marriages
Check out this podcast refuting a lot of these claims (we’ll be tackling Pearcey’s book from a new angle, but here’s a good one to start with for now), along with the op ed I did for Baptist News.
How can we address the problem with terrible survey questions?
I’ve had this question several times this week, in relation to Shaunti Feldhahn’s research, but also in relation to the question underlying Love & Respect–that men want respect while women want love. That question, incidentally, is also based on a Feldhahn survey.
I’ve got several examples that you can use to talk about this one.
First: Unconditional Respect is not a thing.
In this podcast we take on Emerson Eggerichs’ thesis about unconditional respect in three ways:
- I look at the logical fallacies in the idea.
- Cynthia Westfall joins us to look at the Greek underlying the proof text that Eggerichs uses.
- Rebecca and I dissect the survey question Shaunti Feldhahn used that the book is based on.
It’s that third section that tackles the survey question that you may find useful (although all of the podcast is great, especially Dr. Westfall).
Then we’ve got some more podcasts looking at statistics and survey methods!
In this podcast we quickly go through several of the common errors that evangelical authors and pastors often make when using–and misusing–statistics. with lots of examples!
We’ve also dissected other survey questions!
In these two podcasts (one more recently and one a while ago) we use examples of survey questions from Shaunti Feldhahn’s books For Young Women Only to show why they were really badly done–and how they led to very harmful advice being spread.
In the second half of this podcast, starting around the 31:00 minute mark, we start looking at a survey question from Feldhahn that promotes rape culture.
Here, starting around the 27:00 mark, Rebecca and I look at the claims that Feldhahn makes in her book about guys’ visual nature, and take a look at another really badly done survey question.
You may also enjoy:
- Fixed it for You: We fix a survey question so it doesn’t enable date rape. We walk you step-by-step through one of Shaunti Feldhahn’s survey questions to show how it badly it was worded, and how thus it led to inaccurate and harmful conclusions (and we fix it to show how it should have been worded instead).
- Do conservative evangelicals enjoy better sex and marriage? Our response to Josh Howerton.
- The Thalidomide podcast–why Christian books shouldn’t be harmful.
Finally, just an interesting podcast on sex!
As I was looking through older podcasts on statistics and research methods, I found this fun one asking the question, “Is Sex a Yes Space for Men?” And I thought it was one you may enjoy! If you’ve only joined the podcast recently, you may have missed it from last year.
Hope you enjoy these Bare Marriage episodes from the archives!
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Thanks so much–and let me know in the comments–what was your favourite episode recently?