Book Review: Unprotected

Title: Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student
Author: Mariam Grossman, M.D.
Publisher: Sentinel, 2007. ISBN 978-1-59-523045-4

Many Americans criticize the biblical worldview on sexuality. Some even call it Stone Age thinking. They, instead, say, “If it feels good, do it.”

But God didn’t place a boundary around human sexuality to be a killjoy. He designed human sexuality to enhance the marriage of one man and one woman. When people deviate from that design, they open themselves to physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual pain. God’s boundary provides protection.

Dr. Mariam Grossman exposes the dangers of stepping outside God’s design in her book, Unprotected. Although she is an orthodox Jew, she doesn’t preach from Leviticus. Her scientific and anecdotal evidence alone reveals how “safer” sex harms college students physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.

The author originally published this title anonymously. Speaking against political correctness (PC) can cost a professional her job—or worse. Despite the risks, she felt compelled to wave the red flag because she cares for the students. Too many lives have been ruined by misinformation publicized by the PC crowd.

The subtitle, A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student, serves as the book’s thesis. Dr. Grossman explains in her preface “…that the very profession [mental health] we trust to guide and heal is sowing confusion and illness” (xxiv).

Political correctness has gone mad on many college campuses and has shaped the views of the campus healthcare professionals. They don’t just believe but promote the ideas that free sex is safe and that differences between males and females don’t exist.

But they are wrong.

Expressing Frustration

Writing in the first person, Dr. Grossman frequently expresses her personal frustration over the issues she discusses. “My profession has been hijacked. I cannot do my job, my patients are suffering, and I’m fed up” (xviii). “Unlike other physicians, my hands were tied” (xix).

Her informal style makes readers feel as if they were sitting in the doctor’s living room and talking about her work experience over a cup of tea. As I read, I became as outraged as she over the healthcare profession’s disservice to young people.

In each chapter, the author tackles a particular PC lie. Using the stories of real college campus patients, she illustrates how those lies harmed them. Next, she supports her thesis with scientific studies documented by extensive endnotes.

Table of Contents

Many of the chapter titles fail to explain their central topic. In the table of contents below, I have added more description to each chapter title. My additions are marked with italics.

  1. Unprotected: The Role Of Oxytocin and the Unprotected Female Heart
  2. Damage Control: The STD Epidemic Cover-up
  3. Memo to the APA: Believing in God Is Good for You
  4. Saving Patient Brian: The Legal Immunity of HIV
  5. Sophia’s Meltdown: More HIV Lies
  6. Kelly’s Summer Vacation: Abortion Trauma
  7. Delia’s Dream: The Tricky STD Called Chlamydia and Fragile Fertility
  8. Amanda’s Thirty-ninth Birthday: Fertility Has a Time Limit

I highly recommend this book to anyone who works in the healthcare industry and in guidance counseling.

Free sex is a risky behavior that can have lifelong negative ramifications.

Annotated Table of Contents part 1

Annotated Table of Contents part 2

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