Saturday, July 21, 2007

How close is the connection between lesbianism and feminism? You guys know how much I like to evaluate stereotypes. I looked at the GSS, and the only question with enough lesbian respondents is if you are in favor of abortion for any reason. Here is the breakdown:

Percent in favor of abortion on demand

Straight women 45.1
Bisexual women 73.5
Lesbians 57.6

So bisexuals have the highest number, probably because they are trendy types and actually have a chance of getting accidentally impregnated. (From a purely practical point of view, you'd expect straights to be most in favor of abortion on demand since they have the babies--this issue goes beyond practical considerations to the desire for a symbol of female autonomy). Anyway, while the lesbian estimate is high, about 40% of lesbians would not pass the basic litmus test for being feminist.


MarcZ said...

For what it's worth, PLAGAL (the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians) did some unscientific polling at Gay Pride events and found that around 35% of gays (male and female) self-identified as pro-life. I don't know if they broke it down by gender.

I agree with the analysis of bisexual women being pro-choice because it's trendy.

SFG said...

If, as they now think, homosexuality has to do with hormonal imbalances in utero, there's no reason for a homosexual to be particularly liberal; the genes controlling political orientation (in that vague liberal-vs-conservative sense) are probably somewhat independent, so there's no reason for a lesbian or gay to be a Democrat if they're not the 'out and proud' type. A homosexual who has inherited genes for conformity is likely to keep their orientation to themselves, possibly even marrying a partner of the opposite sex in a red state, or of the same sex in, say, Massachusetts and otherwise engaging in normal behavior.

Conservative lesbians (remember Florence King?) would be unlikely to identify with the feminist movement and there's no reason they would sign on for the rest of liberalism.

KingM said...

I take this as a good sign for the health of GL community as it indicates a diversity of opinion. It's a complicated subject and anytime 90%+ of any group has the same opinion about such an issue, you know that groupthink has taken over.

Not saying that groupthink doesn't work its magic among the GL community, but apparently not in this case.

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