After years of researchers claiming the majority of women's same-sex experimentation occurs during their college years, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed it's actually female high-school dropouts who are giving lesbianism a try. The CDC interviewed 135,000 women aged twenty-two to forty-four and found that ten percent of college graduates had experimented with a same-sex partner, compared to fifteen percent of high-school dropouts.
This news not only debunks a popular acronym (LUG; lesbian until graduation), but the media-fueled perception that lesbians are mainly upper-middle class, white professionals who shop at Whole Foods and obsess over whether to feed their children heirloom tomatoes (see: The Kids Are All Right). This stereotype has already been weakened, however, by a January New York Times article reporting that the majority of gay families reside in the South, not the Northeast or West coast as perhaps expected.
Interestingly, the study totally ignores the idea that perhaps, gay kids have a harder time in high school and greater degrees of social alienation — which could actually lead to dropping out. The study instead suggests that dropping out of high school makes you gay, which seems an almost purposeful misinterpretation, since most behavioral scientists these days favor a "nature" not "nurture" view of homosexuality.
Interestingly, a similar study was done in 2002, there was barely any difference in sexual behavior for women of varying education levels. It's possible that now that society has become more lenient in their labeling of women who engage in sex play with other females, more women who have had same-sex experiences are willing to talk about it.