I was teaching myself to use the GSS and came across an interesting contrast in trends of two sexual mores.
There’s been a lot of discussion about the way morals and attitudes about sex are changing in this country. If a man and woman have sex relations before marriage, do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all?
A. What if they are in their early teens, say 14 to 16 years old? In that case, do you think sex relations before marriage are always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all?
Sex before marriage — teens 14-16
Not much change in opinion. Teenage sex may have grown to be the overwhelming majority behavior during this time (such that less than two percent of 20-year-old girls are actually worth marrying) but people at least have the sense to be against it in principle. Even if the brakes on this train have worn down to nothing the driver is at least trying to apply them.
On the other hand…
What about sexual relations between two adults of the same sex–do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all?
Homosexual sex relations
That’s a lot of poz in just ten years. I understand that the gay agenda was being pushed heavily in the late 90s and early aughts, but it appears to have had little effect on young people until 2004, at which point the brakes came off. The absolute morality homosexual without reservations has likely become the majority opinion since then.
I suspect this inflection, and the contrast in teen sex mores versus homosex mores, is due to brainwashing in education where 2004 would have been the first year they really got their hooks into the curriculum. You can probably predict support for gays by the number of years spent saturated in mandatory homosexual propaganda. Contrary to the common wisdom, propaganda in popular entertainment (like Will and Grace, which began in 1996 and is held up as a paragon of homosexual propaganda) appears to have had negligible effect. Or more likely, I think, is that pop culture drives opinion among the Neurotic class (as I’ve defined it in Overwatch theory) to which most educators belong.
If this is true, I suspect transgender acceptance will soon show the same massive incline as Gen Z enters the real world.
Editor’s note: These graphs were produced in Excel, not R, because I eat meat and vote Republican.