Sunday, July 18

Sex, Politics, Identification & Statistics

[Sex, Politics, Identification & Statistics]

I was just trying to get some comparison data on sexual preferences and gender identity from the GSS [the 1998 General Social Survey Codebook — which, ostensibly, is the best data out there].

In total there are only 8 questions [that I've been able to find] that deal with sexual preference [specifically, homosexuality]. There were no questions that dealt with gender identity.

How can I compare this?
  • There are 76 questions/datasets that deal with one's political affiliations and opinions.

  • There are over 200 questions/datasets that deal with one's religious affiliations and opinions.

  • There are 152 questions/datasets that deal with one's involvement in volunteer organizations.

  • There are 13 questions/datasets that deal with one's knowledge of/opinions on genetic testing.
What are the datasets that deal with homosexuality? Well, this is all I can find:This series deals with "a man who has admitted that he is a homosexual" [no, there are no questions that deal with lesbians]:Considering that there's tons of data on racial issues, children, marriage, fucking internet usage, it seems ludicrous that there are only 8 questions [with one of those being a variation on another one] dealing with sexual preference at all and 3 of those are about whether one feels it's appropriate for a homosexual man to have the same free-speech rights as supposedly normal folks.

I've known for a while that marketing research firms have better data, but that because it's proprietary there's no public access to it, but I had no idea how limited the GSS data is in this regard.

And another thing: out of 38,116 respondents, there are no transgendered [intergendered/intersexed/transsexed] persons. Why? Because there are only two gender choices [male(1) and female(2)] there isn't even a n/a. Apparently persons who do not cleanly fit into those categories do no exist.