Exploring the Social Imagination

Thursday, April 30, 2015

What is the Norm? Same Sex in the Social Imagination

According to a recent Gallup 2015 survey (this week), of the total U.S. adult population (243 million U.S. adults), less than 1 percent, only .8 percent (2 million U.S. adults), are part of a same-sex couple.The same survey finds that approximately .3 percent (.3%) of U.S. adults are married to a same-sex spouse, a mere .5 percent (.5%) identify as being in a same-sex domestic partnership and, of the estimated .8 percent (.8%) of the total U.S. adult population that are a part of a same-sex couple, 780,000 are married.

In other words, of the estimated 2 million adults (out of two hundred forty-three million = '243 million adults in the US) that are a part of a same-sex couple, 39 percent (39%) are married... out of that 2 million not out of 243 million. Which means that out of 2 million adults in a same sex couple relationship, not even half are married.  Across the board in terms of how many Americans are in a same sex couple relationship, Gallup told us... only 1% of the total population.

What is more interesting to me as a sociology is how people view statistics. This percentage 39% is often the number put out there to represent same sex couples nationwide as if it is representative of the total US population. It is not true. Gallup has proved it- scientifically. Yes, social science is what Gallup is about. Their results are arrived at through scientific method. Yet, I have had university students argue that this percentage does represent the number of same sex couples nationally in the total population. When I tell them, that is not true; they consider that pointing such facts is a kind of discrimination. I said I am only pointing the truth.

Let us remind ourselves that 2 million out of 243 million people are involved in same sex relationships as a 'couple' which is less than 1% of the population. What that tells me is that the normal behavior 'social imagination' does not have a proclivity toward same sex.

Now, if you tell me that more are in the closet. I can tell you that sociologists always expect deviations in normal behavior ...waiting to come out of the closet.

As for homosexuals demanding to be acknowledged as normal then we do face a dilemma. Why? Because, we now have to review what has been considered normal sexual relations. For the most part, if we look at sociology-cultural histories to find what has been normal sexual behavior, then I think we will find most cultures considered homosexuality to be abnormal sexual behavior. It does not mean that such people are not loved, or not tolerated. It means simply that their behavior is not normal in comparison to the norm.

Is there a solid foundation to consider such behavior as qualifying for minority rights? No. If anything, such behavior qualifies for sociopath consultation.  A sociopath is someone who is anti-social. What does that mean? It means that they exhibit behavior that is not normal. It means that they do not want to participate in the long time accepted normal social behavior.

There is no reason for me to think that such persons should have their abnormal behavior receive special Constitutional rights.

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