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Friday, August 12, 2005

Perceptions of Sexual Orientation

Paul Brewer links to a fascinating study on how people view homosexuality:

Belief that homosexuality is immutable is strongly associated with positive opinions about gays and lesbians ­ even more strongly than education, personal acquaintance with a homosexual, or general ideological beliefs. For example, about two-thirds of people who think homosexuality can be changed (68%) have an unfavorable opinion of gay men. By contrast, nearly six-in-ten (59%) of those who think homosexuality cannot be changed have a favorable opinion. This pattern holds even among groups of people who are similar in religious beliefs, partisan affiliation, and other factors.

There's more. Read it all, here.

1 Comments:

  • Not all that suprising or fascinating. Mutability of sexuality determines whether it is seen as natural or a perversion. Also our culture definitely sympathizes with those who are victims of circumstance.

    On the twist side, unless you are actually homosexual, or are psychologist who has really looked at the issue, you really can't have any idea. Thus the link between mutabilty of sexuality and positive/negative opinion of it may be simply a product of the confounding factor of which ideology you are exposed to more. Those with negative views of it sell it as a perversion, those with positive views sell it as a natural occurence. Because so many people have no real/effective basis for judging the mutability of sexuality, they probably rely on the source more than the message and accordingly adopt both viewpoints as part of the whole.

    By Anonymous Scott H, at 12:14 AM  

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