Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point) hosts of The Young Turks discuss. Do you think human sexuality is as variable as this study suggests? Let us know in the comments
Read more here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/08/17/half_of_young_brits_not_heterosexual_says_yougov_poll.html
Back in the 1980s, when people still affixed buttons that weren’t just miniature flags to their lapels, I often wore one with the slogan, “How Dare You Assume I’m Heterosexual.” Forget for a moment the bitchy friend who looked me up and down and declared, “As if for a minute anyone would.” The button was a necessary reminder that, for the most part, LGBTQ people were an invisible minority.
The erroneous assumption that everyone is heterosexual until proved otherwise was perhaps understandable—though still wrong—if only a tiny segment of the population was anything but het. A new survey from Britain suggests that the heterosexual assumption is less justified than ever, since the number of people who consider themselves completely heterosexual is in steep decline. It also challenges the pernicious and nonsensical debate over the existence of bisexuality.
According to the poll, conducted by YouGov, when asked to plot themselves on a seven-point Kinsey scale, 72 percent of Britons identifed as exclusively heterosexual and 4 percent as exclusively homosexual, leaving 23 percent between those two extremes. When it comes to 18-to-24-year-olds, however, a whopping 49 percent chose an option other than “completely heterosexual.”
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