Sunday, December 08, 2013

Surveys find that geography really matters for openness

The New York Times Review section today has an interesting perspective by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, “How many American men are gay?, link here. He gives us a US map showing relative level acceptance of homosexuality. The lowest levels consistently apply from Texas to the Carolinas (Florida is better; maybe they got over Anita Bryant).  The most “tolerant” (or “accepting”) is Rhode Island; the least is Mississippi.  Rhode Island shows a 5.5 times a rate of male high school students identifying themselves as gay than does Mississippi on Facebook. But in Mississippi 50% more wives search for “Is my husband gay?”  The writer points out that high school students and many others are not mobile enough to live in a more accepting area.
Again, we beg the question, where does (and did) intolerance really come from?  Why would a man be more intolerant of another man who will probably never have children but also never be a romantic rival for his wife?  I think the unpredictability or capriciousness of luck ultimately has something to do with it.
The best answer for the question posed by the article seems to be about 5%.

Last night, I briefly visited the Cobalt (after leaving the Kennedy Center) and found the Rumba Latina party going on.  The Town may take a lot of the “usual” crowd (last night there was to be another running of the “Crack” show).   I’ve never been one to find too much interest in a theme based on a specific ethnicity, although in large cities in more liberal states, “minority” cultures are more accepting of homosexuality than in the past;  nevertheless, the theme doesn’t really affect the crowd much.  Likewise, country and western (Remingtons) doesn’t impress me too much – although it plays big in Dallas (the Roundup).  Downstairs (last night) the music sometimes shifted back to more ordinary fare.  Why not have more 80s music nights? 

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