Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Fascinating stuff. I’m not surprised, though. Much of what’s related to gender and sexuality is social construct. And of course there’s the difference between mental/emotional and physical attraction. Historically, people (including the gay community) wanted to portray sexuality in black and white terms. This obviously ignores the fact that in a darkened room, if someone is open to it, they can almost certainly arrive at an orgasm assisted by someone who they’d find unattractive with the lights on.
That’s not to say the results of this study mean that there are actually less heterosexual people than before, simply that sexuality is looked at in a different way by the younger generation. A better way, I’d say, because people aren’t limiting themselves. Life is hard enough; being expected to conform to archaic stereotypes is an absolutely unnecessary pressure. The more people feel able to explore, the better the chances of finding what suits them best.