Then, we look at this Maxim piece: "Bad News, Guys: Blow Jobs Could Be Bad for Her Health." Right off the bat, it’s a headline that's going to get clicked on, because... well, raise your hands if you hate blow jobs. That's what I thought.
In the piece, the author makes the bold claim that "... oral sex basically carries the same risks as vaginal sex," which is then supported by an article penned by Metro from a study done by an "online health clinic" called euroClinix. Thrillist, of course, isn't innocent of spinning surveys and studies to be more sexy and grandiose, but writers are often pressed to find the original source of the article in question and take a hard look at the data.
Be wary of hot takes
Big question here: who writes these surveys that get eaten up by publications like Metro and Maxim?
"Designing a study is hard," says Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, who holds a PhD in sociology and whose scholarly focus includes studies in gender, sexualities, work and organizations, media and new media, pop culture, and qualitative research methods. "There are a lot of factors that go into research design, from basic know-how and expertise in a specific area to pure feasibility (read: is there funding?). As such, there is a lot of work out there that's limited -- but is often touted as fact."