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Sex, lies, and orientation

November 24, 2013

When people are surveyed about their sexual experiences and attitudes, they often lie. Especially if they’re Christian or old. So claims a paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, showing a large difference in answers when using procedures that give more confidence those answers are completely obscured. As a consequence, both the incidence of homosexuality and of bias against it likely are larger than typically estimated.

Contrary to what is commonly preached in conservative quarters, sexual orientation is not at all influenced by a young person’s peers. If your teenager is gay or lesbian, don’t blame their friends, or think that controlling whom they have as friends will make an iota of difference.

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