The expression "giving it the ol' College try" may not be so accurate for women, a recent study says. A New York Times article suggest that the popular stereotype of college campuses as a hive of same-sex experimentation for young women may be all wrong.
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. Which I found to be really interesting because it seemed like most the girls, back at my college, were making out with each other. Even today, outside of college, I see "straight" women making out with one another so casually.
The article reports that for years, sex researchers, campus women's centers and the media have
viewed college as a place where young women explore their sexuality,
test boundaries, and, often, have their first -- in some cases, only --
lesbian relationship. This phenomenon gave rise to the term LUG (lesbian until graduation).... that's hilarious; didn't know that! 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. Six percent of college-educated women reported oral sex with a same-sex
partner, compared with 13 percent who did not complete high school.
Lisa Diamond, a professor of psychology and gender studies at the University of Utah,
said in the article that with gay relationships so much more common throughout
society, college campuses may have lost their status as the "privileged
site" for women's exposure to different kinds of sexuality. "Maybe our
stereotypes are just behind the times."
I think she's absolutely right. However, I would be interested interested in knowing what the statistics are for men, because I definitely knew alot of GUGs (gay until graduation) back in my day.
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