Increases in sex with same-sex partners and bisexual identity across cohorts of women (but not men)

Paula England, Emma Mishel, Mónica L. Caudillo

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Abstract

    We use data from the 2002-2013 National Surveys of Family Growth to examine change across U.S. cohorts born between 1966 and 1995 in whether individuals have had sex with same-sex partners only, or with both men and women, and in whether they have a bisexual or gay identity. Adjusted for age, race/ethnicity, immigrant status, and mother's education, we find increases across cohorts in the proportion of women who report a bisexual identity, who report ever having had sex with both sexes, or who report having had sex with women only. By contrast, we find no cohort trend for men; roughly 5 percent of men in every cohort have ever had sex with a man, and the proportion claiming a gay or bisexual attraction changed little. We speculate that this gender difference is rooted in a broader pattern of asymmetry in gender change in which departures from traditional gender norms are more acceptable for women than men.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)951-970
    Number of pages20
    JournalSociological Science
    Volume3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 7 2016

    Fingerprint

    gender
    asymmetry
    gender-specific factors
    ethnicity
    immigrant
    trend
    education

    Keywords

    • Bisexuality
    • Cohorts
    • Gender
    • Homosexuality
    • Sexualities

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences(all)

    Cite this

    Increases in sex with same-sex partners and bisexual identity across cohorts of women (but not men). / England, Paula; Mishel, Emma; Caudillo, Mónica L.

    In: Sociological Science, Vol. 3, 07.11.2016, p. 951-970.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    England, Paula ; Mishel, Emma ; Caudillo, Mónica L. / Increases in sex with same-sex partners and bisexual identity across cohorts of women (but not men). In: Sociological Science. 2016 ; Vol. 3. pp. 951-970.
    @article{0af147d2453d46c79d99cb36c1dcc853,
    title = "Increases in sex with same-sex partners and bisexual identity across cohorts of women (but not men)",
    abstract = "We use data from the 2002-2013 National Surveys of Family Growth to examine change across U.S. cohorts born between 1966 and 1995 in whether individuals have had sex with same-sex partners only, or with both men and women, and in whether they have a bisexual or gay identity. Adjusted for age, race/ethnicity, immigrant status, and mother's education, we find increases across cohorts in the proportion of women who report a bisexual identity, who report ever having had sex with both sexes, or who report having had sex with women only. By contrast, we find no cohort trend for men; roughly 5 percent of men in every cohort have ever had sex with a man, and the proportion claiming a gay or bisexual attraction changed little. We speculate that this gender difference is rooted in a broader pattern of asymmetry in gender change in which departures from traditional gender norms are more acceptable for women than men.",
    keywords = "Bisexuality, Cohorts, Gender, Homosexuality, Sexualities",
    author = "Paula England and Emma Mishel and Caudillo, {M{\'o}nica L.}",
    year = "2016",
    month = "11",
    day = "7",
    doi = "10.15195/v3.a42",
    language = "English (US)",
    volume = "3",
    pages = "951--970",
    journal = "Sociological Science",
    issn = "2330-6696",
    publisher = "Society for Sociological Science",

    }

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Increases in sex with same-sex partners and bisexual identity across cohorts of women (but not men)

    AU - England, Paula

    AU - Mishel, Emma

    AU - Caudillo, Mónica L.

    PY - 2016/11/7

    Y1 - 2016/11/7

    N2 - We use data from the 2002-2013 National Surveys of Family Growth to examine change across U.S. cohorts born between 1966 and 1995 in whether individuals have had sex with same-sex partners only, or with both men and women, and in whether they have a bisexual or gay identity. Adjusted for age, race/ethnicity, immigrant status, and mother's education, we find increases across cohorts in the proportion of women who report a bisexual identity, who report ever having had sex with both sexes, or who report having had sex with women only. By contrast, we find no cohort trend for men; roughly 5 percent of men in every cohort have ever had sex with a man, and the proportion claiming a gay or bisexual attraction changed little. We speculate that this gender difference is rooted in a broader pattern of asymmetry in gender change in which departures from traditional gender norms are more acceptable for women than men.

    AB - We use data from the 2002-2013 National Surveys of Family Growth to examine change across U.S. cohorts born between 1966 and 1995 in whether individuals have had sex with same-sex partners only, or with both men and women, and in whether they have a bisexual or gay identity. Adjusted for age, race/ethnicity, immigrant status, and mother's education, we find increases across cohorts in the proportion of women who report a bisexual identity, who report ever having had sex with both sexes, or who report having had sex with women only. By contrast, we find no cohort trend for men; roughly 5 percent of men in every cohort have ever had sex with a man, and the proportion claiming a gay or bisexual attraction changed little. We speculate that this gender difference is rooted in a broader pattern of asymmetry in gender change in which departures from traditional gender norms are more acceptable for women than men.

    KW - Bisexuality

    KW - Cohorts

    KW - Gender

    KW - Homosexuality

    KW - Sexualities

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85032565909&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85032565909&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    U2 - 10.15195/v3.a42

    DO - 10.15195/v3.a42

    M3 - Article

    VL - 3

    SP - 951

    EP - 970

    JO - Sociological Science

    JF - Sociological Science

    SN - 2330-6696

    ER -