Monday, May 22, 2006

Comparing straights, gays, bi's, and lesbians: I was curious if various behaviors differ with sexual orientation. I found some interesting facts from the GSS:

Drinks too much
straight men 45.4%
bisexual men 83.3
gay men 48.1

straight women 31.5
bisexual women -- (sample too small)
lesbians 41.7

Gets mental health counseling
straight men 3.1%
bisexual men --
gay men 39.1

straight women 10.7
bisexual women --
lesbians --

Watches porn
straight men 34.9%
bisexual men 48.1
gay men 54.7

straight women 21.2
bisexual women 65.5
lesbians 33.7

Uses drugs
straight men 7.8
bisexual men --
gay men 39.1

straight women 2.6
bisexual women --
lesbians --

straight men 3.8%
bisexual men 13.6
gay men 2.7

straight women 2.3
bisexual women 5.9
lesbians 4.5

I picked these variables because it was my impression that bisexuals, gays, and lesbians have various sorts of trouble, and there is some evidence here to support that.


Intellectual Pariah said...

I thought bisexual women outnumbered lesbians.

Ron Guhname said...

According to the GSS, .6% of females are bisexual, and 1.8% are lesbians. (These numbers are based on surveys from 1989 through 2004).

Vol-in-Law said...

There's strong social pressure these days if you're bisexual to characterise yourself as homosexual, so many women will go through "I'm straight - I'm gay - I'm straight". Those who characterise themselves as bisexual may be more promiscuous, having multiple relationships at once or within a brief span. I think this probably goes for men too - it's much more socially accepted to be a gay man than a bisexual man, so people end up as "I'm a gay man who likes women" rather than "I'm bisexual".

Intellectual Pariah said...

What criterion did the GSS use?

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