This is a comment by wellokaythen on the post “Spelling Queer with L, G, B, & T (and A, I, P…) Part 3“.
Just thinking some more about #2:
Another way to look at the plurality of sexual identity is in terms of political grouping. If, for example, society tries to enforce heterosexuality as the norm, that can only happen through a coalition of hetero men and hetero women. Ultimately, if straight men and straight women defend heterosexuality as normal, that’s basically two sexual minorities teaming up to create a majority. That’s not a uniform majority, but it’s two subgroups pairing up who define themselves as having something central in common. Heterosexuals are the majority only if you add together straight men and straight women into one giant supercategory, when in fact straight men and straight women may have just as much in common with other sexual minorities as they do with each other.
I don’t know the exact figures, but I’m guessing that androphiles are a slim majority of the general population. There are more women than men, and from what I understand there are more gay men than lesbians, and assuming that the small percentage of the others is roughly equally androphile and gynephile (or both or neither) that should be about 51% of the population is attracted to men. That must be depressing for some people: a higher percentage of people attracted to men than there are men …
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