Friday, January 10, 2014
Culture news: When "gay" teens turn out to be straight
Within our culture there is a drive to claim the existence of as many homosexuals as possible. This is especially true among teens, and states such as California and New Jersey have enacted legislation that prohibits therapy which seeks to help teens to overcome a perceived attraction to the same sex. Survey data has been cited as support for the existence of homosexual teens as a significant group. However, a recent study by the director of Cornell University's Sex and Gender Lab has found that seventy percent of teens who have said that they had same sex "romantic attraction" later told researchers that they are in fact heterosexual. The social science reliance on surveys is open to manipulation and often provides results that invite reasonable questions. The study examines some of the reasons that data from surveys about teen sexuality appear to have been faulty.