Best of 2011: How Americans Have Sex and More Stories About Sex and Sexuality

THE CLASS AND RACE DEMOGRAPHICS OF LGBT FAMILIES

Sonita M. sent in a report from the Movement Advancement Project about the state of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) families.

LGBT families are more likely to be poor than non-LGBT families.  Nine percent of married different-sex couples live in poverty, compared to 21% of gay male couples and 20% of lesbian couples:

LGBT couples may be more likely to be in poverty in part because of wage differentials between gays, lesbians, and their heterosexual counterparts.  Research shows that gay and bisexual men earn significantly less money than heterosexual men, whereas lesbians make somewhat more money than straight women.  Gay men would be more likely than heterosexual men to be in poverty, then.  But what about women? Women in same-sex couples face the same wage disadvantage that all women face, but also are not married to the heterosexual men that are making so much money (making it so that heterosexual women can make less money than gay women, but still be less likely to live in poverty). Make sense?  I hope so.

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How Americans Have Sex…5 Very Surprising Facts About Sex

By MEREDITH MELNICK

As Healthland reported on Monday, a new study showed that baby boomers in America may be having a lot of sex, but they’re doing it a lot less responsibly than teenagers. The study went on to reveal a lot more about American sexuality than that.

For the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB) — which examined everything from condom use to homosexual behavior to orgasm rates — researchers from Indiana University surveyed a random, cross-sectional and population-based sample of 14-to-94-year-olds across the United States. It was the most comprehensive survey of its kind in nearly two decades and the first to include teenagers.

“People are often curious about others’ sex lives,” said Debby Herbenick, associate director of Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion and a study author, in a statement. “Our data provide answers to these common sex questions and demonstrate how sex has changed in the nearly 20 years since the last study of its kind.”

You can read the full findings in a series of studies published in a special issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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Teen Girls More Likely to Risky Sex Than Teen Boys

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Argue Much? Conflict Levels in Marriage Don’t Change Over Time

The new research by Ohio State University researchers also showed that satisfied marriages can take many forms. Just because a relationship isn’t tranquil doesn’t mean it’s unhappy. Likewise, a marriage devoid of fighting doesn’t necessarily indicate happily-ever-after.

“Marital quality has multiple dimensions,” says Claire Kamp Dush, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of human development and family science at Ohio State University. “The most important takeaway is there is a lot of stability in conflict. If you’re finding it difficult to live with the level of conflict in your relationship before you get married, you probably shouldn’t get married.”

Knowing how much of a toll kids can take on a couple’s marriage, experts have traditionally assumed that marital satisfaction resembles a U-shaped curve: it starts out high for newlyweds, declines once children arrive on the scene and creeps back up once the kids leave home.

But research over the last decade has showed that while marital bliss indeed declines post-kids, it doesn’t appear to subsequently rebound. “It’s not like your kids leaving is a magic potion for your marriage,” says Kamp Dush.

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According to Census Data, This Is America’s Gayest City

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Clearly, this is the most useful the U.S. Census has ever been.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School has found that the town with the most gay couples in the U.S. is the idyllic beach spot of Provincetown, Mass. Just how gay is P-town? Gawker reports that a whopping 163 same-sex couples per 1,000 households live in the little scenic town. Second and third on the list are Wilton Manors, Fla. and Palm Springs, Calif. with 140 and 115 same-sex couples per 1,000 households respectively.

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Scientific Study Finds That Bisexuality Really Exists

Bisexual men won’t likely be surprised — or feel particularly validated — to learn that a new scientific study confirms that their sexual attraction to both men and women is real. But the findings may help enlighten those who still subscribe to the stereotype that bisexual men are just closeted homosexuals, or simply confused.

For the new study, researchers at Northwestern University recruited a group of 100 Chicago-area men, identifying as heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual in roughly equal numbers. Unlike a previous Northwestern study of bisexuality, however, the current study used more stringent criteria to define bisexuality.

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