Mystery:Do Sports Affect Sexual Preference?

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A extremely small percentage of men in aggression-based sports are homosexuals. In professional football, baseball and basketball, the rate of homosexuality is less than 1 in 1000, or less than 0.1%, consisting of only a handful of current and former professional athletes (out of over 10,000). Nearly all professional athletes began to compete as children before identifying with a sexual preference, and their success is largely a function of their skill and determination rather than their sexuality. Accordingly, the low rate suggests that participation in aggression-based sports lowers the rate of homosexuality among males.

On the flip side, an unusually high percentage of women in aggression-based sports are lesbians. The rate is debatable, but could easily be over ten times the overall rate in the general population. "Fans have come to expect a certain percentage of gays in women's sports."[1] This suggests that participation in aggression-based sports increases homosexuality among females, as nearly all of those athletes began competing and succeeding before identifying with a sexual preference.

In some cases, the athlete switches her sexual preference after prolonged participation in a sport. Billie Jean King apparently concluded she had a different sexual orientation during her tennis career, after she had married her husband Larry: "Fifty per cent of gay people know who they are by the age of 13, I was in the other 50%. I would never have married Larry if I'd known. I would never have done that to him. I was totally in love with Larry when I was 21."[2]

Aggression-based sports encourage and reward aggression, while passive behavior is discouraged. People who play aggression-based sports develop more aggressive personalities than they would otherwise, and it is logical to expect that to carry over into sexual preference. It is therefore likely that Title IX, which forces colleges to promote female athletics, has the unintended -- or possibly intended -- consequence of promoting Lesbianism in colleges.[3]

References

  1. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/othersports/2003817138_goodread02.html
  2. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article3021888.ece
  3. Requirements Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
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