In the late 1940s, Alfred Kinsey came up with a 7-point scale for men from exclusively homosexual (his word then) to exclusively heterosexual.

He also reported that his research found that 37% of men as an adult had had sex with another man to the point of orgasm. The public was quick to reject the report because it was contrary to what had been taught for generations.

Savin-Williams’s report may be discarded in the same way in a society that abhors male same-sex behavior.

Statistics don’t change minds, however, stories do. As long as society wants to believe those good men don’t have sex with men — and good women don’t have abortions — and no one talks about it, nothing much changes.

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