Have you found your bedroom batting average on an upswing lately? It’s not just you–researchers have found that more Americans are having gay and bisexual sex than ever before. Hooray!
The findings appear in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. Researchers studied surveys about sexual behavior from 30,000 people, spanning from the 1973 to 2014.
From 1990 to 2014, both men and women doubled the rates at which they had sex with someone of the same sex. Men rose from 4.5 percent for men to 8.2 percent. For women, it went from 3.6 percent to 8.7 percent. Notably, the percentage of people who reported having sex with both men and women went from 3.1 percent to 7.7 percent.
It’s getting harder and harder to believe that bisexuals don’t exist. Maybe soon, we’ll drop the G and L and we’ll just all be B.
It is believed that a lot of this change was driven by more sexual liberation in the Midwest and South, where religion and conservative attitudes kept people from experiencing the full range of fulfilling relationships.
Welcome to the 21st century, Minnesota and Mississippi.
Americans have grown significantly more accepting of gay sex during that period. In 1990, only 13 percent of people thought that there was no problem with such activities. Now, that’s at 49 percent, and 63 percent among young people.
(Side note: What is wrong with those 37 percent of millennials? They must the the most repressed of repressed 20-somethings.)
Ultimately, what we’re seeing are the death throes of dumb old taboos that once shamed and controlled our bodies. Everyone’s starting to figure out that life’s a lot more fun when you take off your clothes with whoever you like. So if you happen to run into one of the scientists who worked on that study, consider giving them a little hand job of thanks.