According to a recent U.S. survey, conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is an increased number of men and women across the country that are stating they are bisexual.
Researchers surveyed over 9,000 individuals in the U.S. between the ages of 18 to 44, asking them various questions regarding their sexual experiences, attraction to the opposite or same sex, and if they would label themselves as being homosexual, straight, or bisexual. The interviews were part of the CDC’s National Survey of Family Growth, and completed between 2011 to 2013. While results regarding sexual orientation, behavior, and attraction were similar to the previous family growth survey, conducted between 2006 to 2010, some trends did stand out.
One such, was the fact that an increase in females surveyed relayed having sexual experiences with other females; just over 17% in the recent survey, versus a little over 14% in the past survey conducted. This current survey also saw an increase in numbers, for both men and women, who labelled themselves as bisexual. In fact, this survey saw over 5% of females labelling themselves as bisexual, versus the 3.9% in the last survey; and 2% of males reporting bisexuality, versus the 1.2% figure from the past survey.
Lead author of the study, Casey E. Copen, who is also a demographer for CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics stated that, much like the last study, women were likelier to label themselves as bisexual, versus their male counterparts. Women were also likelier to state they had sexual contact with the same sex: as over 17% of the females reported this in the study, versus the over 6% of men that stated this. Copen did note, that the survey might have offered women more opportunities to relay sexual contact experience with the same sex. An example of this, is that the females were asked if they had participated in oral sex, or any other sexual contact with another female; while men were specifically asked about participating in anal or oral sex with another male. As such, Copen stated that the wording within the survey could have affected the number of men who stated they were homosexual; as other surveys have revealed a number closer to 4% and 6%, versus the 1.9% in this questionnaire.
CNN reports the rate of 1.3% of women who stated they were lesbian is consistent to past studies as well. In fact, Debby Herbenick, author of “Sex Made Easy,” and associate professor, Indiana University stated that over the past several decades less females are reporting they are lesbian, moreover they are labelling themselves as bisexual, which aligns with what this recent survey reveals. It’s important to note, Herbenick was not part of the study.
Interesting enough, the study revealed differences between females within different racial demographics. While just a little over 11% of Hispanic women reported same-sex sexual experiences, there was over 19% of black females that reported this type of experience, and the number was 19.6% for Caucasian females.