In College, Less Lesbian Experimenting Than Thought

Was it all just a male-driven fantasy?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2011 7:38 AM CDT
College: a time for same-sex experimentation? Not necessarily, according to a new CDC study.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Ahh, college: that magical time when women dabble in same-sex experimentation. Or not. A new study from the CDC shows that women who did not finish high school were actually more likely to have dipped their toes in the same-sex pool, the New York Times reports. “It may be that the commonly held wisdom was wrong, that people just liked to imagine women in college having sex together,” muses the director of an activist organization.

Specifically, nearly 10% of degree-holding women ages 22 to 44 reported a same-sex experience, compared to 15% of those who didn’t finish high school. Those who had finished high school, or some college, were in between. The results illustrate how poor or minority lesbians are overlooked in favor of the prevailing image of the white, professional lesbian, says an advocacy group director. "Lesbians who aren’t college-educated professionals are pretty much invisible."

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