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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Young and gay

The Ivy League is not very heterosexual, notes Rod Dreher.


You'll see that the percentages of LGBTQ+ students nearly tripled at Brown from 2010 to 2023. And Penn is a lot more hetero than other Ivy schools.


What's going on? I have to suspect that white students who feel disadvantaged by their privilege in the college race are trying to stand out. If a 17-year-old declares themselves "queer," who can say they're not. "Neurodivergent" could work too, and there are a lot more college students declaring that "identity."


More than 7 percent of American adults say they're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or "other," a figure that's doubled since 2012, according to a 2023 Gallup survey. Most identify as "bisexual." Only 2.6 percent chose gay or lesbian.


However, it changes dramatically by age: 22.3 percent of Generation Z say they're not heterosexual. That falls to 2.3 percent for Baby Boomers.


LGBTQ+ is a meaningless term, writes Andrew Sullivan. It groups together people who have nothing in common, like calling Jews and Arabs the "Mideast community."


A 2022 Pew survey found that most "bisexual" people are functioning as heterosexuals, Sullivan notes. For example, 82 percent of bisexual men and women “who are married or living with a partner are in a relationship with someone of the opposite gender.”


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m_t_anderson
Jun 08

And the higher Ed folks wonder why young men are staying away from college in droves...

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superdestroyer
Jun 11
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One should review the work of Richard Reeves on the issue. Doing well in school requires a lot of non-cognitive tasks and skills that males are not developing in middle and high school. Thus, males are less likely to attend college and less likely to complete even if they attended.


Other have schools with Colleges of Agriculture or Engineering, all universities would be majority female is private schools were not allowed to discriminate against female applicants.

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