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College age men, women have lots of gay sex

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EDITOR’S CONTEXT NOTE: The study sample comprises college students. In that regard the survey sample is not as representative as, for example, a group that comprised all people within the sample’s age group. Results could represent the SBG – Straight Before Graduation – phenomena or, as study results partially reflect, college students are curious and away from home.

An analysis of 24,000 undergraduate students revealed that of the men whose last hookup was with a male partner, one in eight defined as heterosexual.

This figure twice as high among women, with one in four whose last sexual experience was a lesbian one identifying as straight.

One explanation for this gap in same-sex encounters between men and women is another study, published in March, which showed that women who have sex with women are much, much more likely to orgasm.

That study, which had 2,300 respondents, found that women were 33 percent more likely to orgasm when they were having sex with another woman.

The newly released results were discovered by Arielle Kuperberg – an associate professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro – and Alicia M. Walker, assistant professor of sociology at Missouri State University.

Published in Archives of Sexual Behaviour, “Heterosexual College Students Who Hookup with Same-Sex Partners” listed some characteristics of people who would have sexual relations with same-sex partners but continue to self-identify as straight.

Tellingly, these included “more conservative attitudes.”

The researchers also found that there were distinct types of straight people who would engage in gay sex.

Three types,” they explained, “comprising 60% of students, could be classified as mostly private sexual experimentation among those with little prior same-sex experience, including some who did not enjoy the encounter.”