Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Were the Village People really lesbians?
The Village People were always meant as a joke, right? It must have been camp, all in good fun. The group could not have been saying that ordinary gay men are cops, cowboys, and construction workers; that they actually resemble "village people." (Brokeback Mountain, on the other hand, cannot escape mockery.)
Looking at the General Social Survey, I see that 0 out of 121 police officers, security guards, and fire fighters are gay. On the other hand, 15 percent of females with these jobs say they are lesbians (while less than 2 percent of the general female population is).
Only one percent of male construction workers are homosexual, but 21 percent of women in this field are (sample size = 739).
It looks like the Village People were pretending to be lesbians.