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17% homosexual?

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Submitted by Malcolm Smith (Australia), Jul 12, 2016 at 08:27

That 17% of Iranian students (apparently both male and female students were interviewed) identify as homosexual seems extraordinarily high, considering that homosexuals and bisexuals rarely amount to more than 3% of populations in the Western world. I suspect that a lot of the students were having fun with the interviewers. That would also cast doubt on the statistic of 80% of female students being sexually active.
One is reminded of the research that showed that Margaret Mead's "Coming of Age in Samoa" was similarly based on lies, though admittedly from a much smaller sample.

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That is one possibility. Another is that the strictures against heterosexual intercourse encourage more homosexual activity.

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