Though college might still be the time when most women “experiment” with coitus with another lady, the undergrad era is not the hotbed of lesbian activity most sitcom writers would have you believe. Women who graduate college are less likely to have checked out another chick’s labia than their counterparts who don’t even finish high school, concludes a new study from the National Survey on Family Growth, which is sure to blow your mind.
The Times hands down this heavy news:
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. That phenomenon gave rise to the term LUG (lesbian until graduation). In 2003, a New York magazine article, “Bi for Now,” suggested that women’s involvement in their college’s gay scene exposed them to a different culture, like junior year abroad in Gay World.
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.
Apparently even we were conned into thinking this study’s real meat was the revelation that most people were waiting until an older age to have The Sex
Most headlines about the report, released earlier this month, focused on a finding that young people were waiting longer to have sex. Almost 29 percent of the females and 27 percent of the males, age 15 to 24, had had no sexual contact, an increase from 22 percent for both sexes in the 2002 survey. The gender gap on homosexuality remains substantial: Twice as many women as men reported same-sex behavior. Three percent of the women — and 5 percent of the least-educated women — said they were attracted equally to men and women, compared with one percent of the men. “A lot of data shows that women’s sexuality is more hetero-flexible, more influenced by what they see around them,” Professor Diamond said. In the past, she said, a women with a single homosexual relationship would have been labeled gay, and urged to accept that identity. But now there is a growing sense that a lesbian relationship need not define a woman.
Yes, ladies. Let men define you.