Less Lesbian Than We Thought

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For years people (often, well, guys) have discussed the interest that some college women have in lesbian relationships while they’re in college. Now, a new study (yes, someone really did a study on this) indicates that such encounters are actually relatively uncommon.

According to an article by Tamar Lewin in the New York Times:

To the surprise of many researchers and sex experts, the National Survey on Family Growth found that women with bachelor’s degrees were actually less likely to have had a same-sex experience than those who did not finish high school.

But according to the new study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on 13,500 responses, almost 10 percent of women ages 22 to 44 with a bachelor’s degree said they had had a same-sex experience, compared with 15 percent of those with no high school diploma. Women with a high school diploma or some college, but no degree, fell in between.

While this study runs counter to popular perceptions, part of the explanation may be that while women who didn’t finish high school were more likely to have homosexual encounters (which one researcher attributed to “high school dropouts living in surroundings with few desirable and available male partners”), women who went to college are more likely to talk about such encounters. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer