New study suggests college women’s same-sex romantic relationships are largely a myth

The Huffington Post reports:

A study (PDF) on sexual behavior, attraction and identity released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that women with at least a bachelor’s degree are less likely to have had a same-sex experience than less-educated women.

Between 2006 and 2008, the study’s authors asked 13,495 individuals aged 15 to 44 to answer a number of questions about their sexual habits and found that while 9.9 percent of college-educated women said they’d had a sexual experience with a female, 14 to 15 percent of women without a college degree said the same. According to the New York Times, only 1 percent of the 13 percent who reported having had same-sex encounters identified as homosexual, and only 4 percent as bisexual.

The report’s findings call into question the popular notion that college campuses are a place for young women to explore their sexuality.


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