As opposed to 64 percent of millennials who say they are completely heterosexual. The remaining third of millennials say they are sort of heterosexual, or a little gay or sort of both.
What's the big deal? Well, if you follow YouGov polls, you'll see that the international polling firm and the media have chosen to put the opposite spin on the YouGov poll that came up with this finding. Namely: "A Third of Young Americans Say they aren't 100% heterosexual."
Or this from Medical Daily: "Sexuality Defined: A Third Of Americans Under Age 30 Do Not See Themselves As 'Completely Heterosexual'" And this from Wonkette: "Americans Pretty Much All Gay Now, According To Science." So, everyone is a little gay.
This is agenda journalism, designed to promote a point of view, namely that homosexuality is becoming more common or that it is more extensive than popularly believed. But if you look closely at the poll, you might conclude that it ain't necessarily so. As Bustle notes: "That Study Declaring Half of Millennials 'Sexually Fluid' Has One Big Problem." Or this article in HuffPost Gay Voices : "Kinsey's Scale Is So 1948."
Here's the background:
The poll asked this question: "Please try to place your sexuality on a scale of 0 to 6, where 0 is completely heterosexual and 6 is completely homosexual." Sixty-four percent of the 18- through 28-year-olds said they were "completely heterosexual." Two percent said they were completely homosexual. Four percent said they were "not sure." Here is the remaining breakdown of the 1 through 5 middle ground on the scale: 1=10 %; 2=9 percent; 3=7 percent; 4=1 percent; 5=2 percent.
This self-identification, sliding scale was developed by Alfred Kinsey in 1948. As the Bustle article noted:
The Kinsey scale was a model developed by Alfred Kinsey in the late 1940s to assess a person's sexual orientation on a scale of 0 to 6, with 0 representing an exclusively heterosexual experience, 6 representing an exclusively homosexual experience, and more nuanced degrees of desire ranging from 1-5. Findings from the Kinsey Reports discovered that most men and women fell somewhere in the middle.
While this was undoubtedly important and groundbreaking work in discovering the nuance of human sexuality at the time, the Kinsey scale was developed in the 1940s. Remember how when you were doing research for your high school science fair, you weren't allowed to cite sources that were published more than 10 years previously? There's a reason for that. The study of human psychology and sexuality has grown leaps and bounds since the Kinsey scale was developed, and it's widely regarded as lacking in a lot of ways in terms of describing the full range of human sexuality. For one thing, it doesn't account for expressions of asexuality, a hugely underrepresented community to begin with.
In other words, the scale is at odds with current LGTB thinking that sexuality is not bi-polar. Sexuality is a continuum, we're told, and, as Kinsey "discovered" in the late 1940s, most people define themselves as something in between. But this poll finds that by far most people place themselves in the "completely heterosexual" category.
So, a poll that the media touts as somehow being friendly to the LGTB community actually, on closer examination is not so much. What's that they say about statistics and liars?
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