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Monday, February 4, 2013

It Gets Better—Science Says So

Posted by on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM


It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time. The seven-year study involved more than 4,000 teens in England who were questioned yearly through 2010, until they were 19 and 20 years old. At the start, just over half of the 187 gay, lesbian and bisexual teens said they had been bullied; by 2010 that dropped to 9 percent of gay and bisexual boys and 6 percent of lesbian and bisexual girls. The researchers said the same results likely would be found in the United States....

"Bullying tends to decline with age regardless of sexual orientation and gender," and the study confirms that, said co-author Joseph Robinson, a researcher and assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. "In absolute terms, this would suggest that yes, it gets better."

But it doesn't get better as quickly for gay boys:

In the first years of the study, gay boys and girls were almost twice as likely to be bullied as their straight peers. By the last year, bullying dropped overall and was at about the same level for lesbians and straight girls. But the difference between men got worse by ages 19 and 20, with gay young men almost four times more likely than their straight peers to be bullied. The mixed results for young gay men may reflect the fact that masculine tendencies in girls and women are more culturally acceptable than femininity in boys and men, Robinson said.

That, yes, but it's not just effeminate boys who are bullied for being gay. It's about sex. Most of the bigots who object to gay rights, gay marriage, gay parenting, etc., are disgusted by the thought of all that poopy gay sex, as Dominic demonstrated in his interviews with donors to anti-gay causes in Washington state. (Never mind that straight people have tons of anal sex too.) Young anti-gay bigots have the same hangups that older anti-gay bigots do—icky buttsex!—and, consequently, they more difficultly accepting gay boys (who have that evil-when-two-dudes-do-it butt sex) than they do lesbian girls (who just like to cuddle).


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i saw that too last night d. and i figured that how would other people know what other peoples private sex acts were in the general population? i just figured men are just generally more aggressive than women which would make them more prone to bullying. overall. i thought everyone knew that. look what they did to that king richard guy, it was other men that did that to him.……
Posted by tim koch on February 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM · Report this
Somebody felt there was a need for a scientific study to determine whether bullying stops/decreases after you get out of high school? Incredible.
Posted by ian on February 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM · Report this
OutInBumF 3
Just a note: bringing up teh buttsecks is always important because it's at the root of most homophobia. Bringing up how many straight couples do the buttsex is completely irrelevant- the homophobe xtians et al are most likely NOT having any buttsex, or even doing oral on their wives. Most likely it's of the 'kiss until he gets hard, spit on it, shove it in until he gets off, roll over and sleep' kind, just the way Dog intended. The 'many more straights having the buttsex' are probably sex-positive and queer-friendly.
Posted by OutInBumF on February 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM · Report this
Lenny Bruce used to do a pretty funny bit about how a guy could get beaten up for being a fag because he wore the wrong color shirt but a woman could wear jeans and a leather jacket, have short hair and nobody was concerned that she was the Girl Scout leader.

I think it goes back to what Jesus General always says "Not men can't be gay because they don't have little soldiers to put in each others mouths!"
Posted by frankdawg on February 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 5
You hear people claim that going to school and putting up with bullying and harassment prepares kids for life. But it really only prepares you for school. The further you get from the weird, artificial world of school, the less you see that kind of awful behavior.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on February 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM · Report this

Can't help but notice that it was 2010 that the decrease in bullying was noted ... the year IGB Project was launched, of course.

The butt thing ... imo the root cause of boys continuing to be bullied is the loathing, contempt and fear of the feminine. Whether the gayboys are effeminate or not, to the bully-ers, they represent taking on the 'passive', female role. To the 'no gray area' Neanderthals, who value and reinforce rigid sex roles because they still cling, out of fear, to stupid, brainless machismo, this is intolerable.

Posted by Velvetbabe on February 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM · Report this
I think the buttsex thing is an excuse. I think what they are really afraid of is the possibility that another man is thinking of them in exactly the way they themselves think about women - as a piece of meat in need of a good fucking. And I think they are afraid of that. It's rape fear, not shit fear. Or they are afraid of their own sexual impulses, which is also pretty likely.
Posted by gnot on February 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM · Report this
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I'd argue that lesbians get worse psychological bullying which is more likely to lead to suicide, gay boys just get beat up, they don't have their peers offering to have their boyfriends rape you.
Posted by Skye Blu on February 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM · Report this

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