Wednesday, June 06, 2012

"One in Ten"

"Wha'd-I-tell-you!"


It's a myth.

Kinsey lied.  I knew that, other people knew that, but the 'general' population in the United States evidently doesn't know it, possibly demonstrating that LGBTQ propaganda has indeed worked... at least statistically.  Here, without any personal poltical agenda whatsoever, I present an interesting article from the Atlantic Monthly on the subject:
Americans Have No Idea How Few Gay People There Are
One in ten. It's the name of the group that puts on the Reel Affirmations gay and lesbian film festival in Washington, D.C., each year. It's the percent popularized by the Kinsey Report as the size of the gay male population. And it's among the most common figures pointed to in popular culture as an estimate of how many people are gay or lesbian.

But what percentage of the population is actually gay or lesbian? With the debate over same-sex marriage again an emerging fault line in American political life, the answer comes as a surprise: A lower number than you might think -- and a much, much, much lower one than most Americans believe.

In surveys conducted in 2002 and 2011, pollsters at Gallup found that members of the American public massively overestimated how many people are gay or lesbian. In 2002, a quarter of those surveyed guessed upwards of a quarter of Americans were gay or lesbian (or "homosexual," the third option given). By 2011, that misperception had only grown, with more than a third of those surveyed now guessing that more than 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian. Women and young adults were most likely to provide high estimates, approximating that 30 percent of the population is gay. Overall, "U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian," Gallup found. Only 4 percent of all those surveyed in 2011 and about 8 percent of those surveyed in 2002 correctly guessed that fewer than 5 percent of Americans identify as gay or lesbian. - Continue reading.
So why does a small, yet economically, racially diverse, sexual minority claim so much power?

Equal time myth buster:

  • Gay people can be dissuaded from homosexual acts by pointing out the inherrent health threats attached to such behaviors. 

Just like cigarette smokers, they don't care.


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10 comments:

  1. Hold your horses. :)

    "Only 4 percent of all those surveyed in 2011 and about 8 percent of those surveyed in 2002 correctly guessed that fewer than 5 percent of Americans identify as gay or lesbian."

    The key word here is "identify." Far more people are homosexual than identify as such. Kinsey's estimate may not have been correct, but we cannot fail to make the distinction between identifying and non-identifying.

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  2. One in ten..that's interesting :)

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  3. Just like cigarette smokers, they don't care.

    But nevertheless...
    http://catholiceducation.org/articles/homosexuality/ho0088.html

    :)

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  5. Thom, OFS : "The key word here is "identify." Far more people are homosexual than identify as such."

    Nope. Far less people are homosexual than identify as such.

    Being a practicing homosexual has gone from being seen as perverse, and thus shameful. To where it is now seen as being among the elite and thus desirable.

    The first time I saw this was over 20 years ago where a guy I knew who clearly was not homosexual intentionally got involved in homosexual sex just because it was such the right thing to do.

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  6. To paraphrase Mary McCarthy, everything Kinsey said was a self serving lie including his ands, thes and uhs.

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  7. And let me add, if we separate out and take away those homosexuals who are created by pedophilia, versus those who have the fallen appetite from birth, the number is very very low.

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  8. Terry,

    Regardless of what percentage of people are same-sex orientated, you will, I'm sure, agree that they deserve to be treated with respect and that "unjust discrimination in their regard it to be avoided." (CCC 2358)

    @ Love the girls, the official teaching of the Church on why people are homosexual follows the current findings of science: "The psychological genesis remains largely unexplained" (CCC 2357). There is absolutely NO evidence that people become homosexual because of being sexually abused as children.

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    1. parepidemos - yes, I do agree with that. Thanks for reminding us.

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    2. parepidemos writes : "The psychological genesis remains largely unexplained"

      The cause of gravity likewise remains largely unexplained. But nevertheless we can make some connections of cause and effect.

      Such as if I let go of a glass of water it will move downward.

      And if a boy is abused as a child it will commonly be manifested in a disordering of his sexual appetite.

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