Teenagers (and adults) who self-identify as "lesbian" are having a lot of straight sex, poking a giant whole in the Left's most sacred "born this way" mantra so often weaponized against the religious right.
As noted by author Glenn T. Stanton writing at The Federalist, studies show both lesbian and gay youths have two to seven times higher pregnancy rates than that of their heterosexual peers. Lesbians in particular are shown to have much higher pregnancy rates than straight teens. (Note: Gay teens were measured by the rate in which they got a female pregnant, obviously.)
Unsurprisingly, lesbian and gay teens were shown to be more sexually active than straight teens.
It's important to note two things here. First, the teens identified as lesbian or gay; not questioning; not bisexual. Second, a rare study delving into self-identified adult lesbians showed their rate of pregnancy, too, being higher than hetero peers and boasting an abortion rate double that of heterosexuals.
So, what's going on here? Why are "lesbians" getting impregnated by males at a much higher rate than their heterosexual peers? Stanton gives one explanation: the "born this way" mantra is seriously flawed; sexuality is especially "fluid" for females, being mostly shaped by "social, cultural, emotional, and situational developments than some deeper internal drive."
"Erotic plasticity. Sexual fluidity. These are terms coined by scholars to explain that the fixedness of non-hetero orientations is often illusory in adulthood as well," writes Stanton. "This fluidity is particularly true for women, making the L of LGBT a dramatically different animal at its very core than the G. Through his clinical research on the subject, Northwestern University’s J. Michael Bailey questions whether a female sexual orientation exists at all. He contends that we cannot miss that male and female sexual natures are markedly different things, so much so that the singular, lifelong lesbian is a rare creature. Female sexual interests and behaviors are shaped more by social, cultural, emotional, and situational developments than some deeper internal drive."
Additionally, as explained by Professor Lisa Diamond via Stanton: “'one of the fundamental, defining features of female sexual orientation is its fluidity,' a 'situation-dependent flexibility in women’s sexual responsiveness,' making it possible for women to desire either men or women under certain situations regardless of their generally identified 'sexual orientation.'"
"If this is true," says the author, "it means lesbianism is not an orientation as we popularly understand the term today."
And there's more. Half of all women who have had both a male and female partner in past year consider themselves straight:
"Remarkably, more than 50 percent of women who had both male and female partners in the last year identify not as bi-sexual or lesbian, but as heterosexual. Eleven percent of women who have known only female sex partners identify as heterosexual, and—remarkably—only 19 percent of women who’ve ever had sex with another woman consider themselves either 'lesbian' or 'homosexual.'"
When is comes to gay males, it seems there is a much stronger case for the "born this way" mantra to exist. "The gay male is more likely to stay in one lane for life," notes Stanton, "even while his sexual desire is generally more aggressive and seeks greater diversity in partners than do women." The author, though, added that there is data to suggest "younger men who identify as homosexual appear to be much more fluid in their actions than has been previously assumed."
Stanton argues these findings have "deeply consequential implications" for public policy today, stating:
Increasingly, communities and entire states are levying life-crushing penalties against individuals who refuse to get on board with certain sexual relationships. It’s assumed this dissent amounts to the rejection of people because of what they are. The Supreme Court has agreed to take up one such case next year. This research further demonstrates that the "this is what I am" canard is precisely that.
Graphs provided via Star Tribune.