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HDF 304/WGS 301 – Family Relationships Sexual Minority Relationships Review Sheet Sexual Minority Relationships 1. What percentage of Americans self-identify as homosexual? Is this number likely a ‘low’ estimate or a ‘high’ estimate? Why? Men 2.8% Women 1.4% A low estimate, not everyone will tell if they are homosexual…not completely accepted by society. 2. What is meant by sexual-minority relationships? Why use this term? Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual 3. Approximately what percentage of cohabiting couples are involved in a same-sex relationship? How many have children under the age of 18? Cohabiting: about 9-10% of 5.5 million cohabitating couples were in a same sex relationship Children under age of 18 with 22% of male couples, 33% of female couples 4. What are the 4 myths about sexual minority relationships discussed in class? Why are they myths and not facts? Revolve around sex: many people believe that being gay/lesbian is only a sexual preference, their relationships are about equally sexual as a heterosexual rel. Relationships are short lived: Gay/lesbian rel are equally likely to last/end, dissolution rates are slightly higher than married couples b/c they don’t have opportunity to marry Involve tightly scripted male/female role-play: specialize tasks by preference not gender role, do not assign household labor such that one is husband and one wife, co-parenting They’re different than heterosexual rel. : except for the gender of the partner, very
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