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Williamsen Quoted in NY Times, USA Today, DailyMail on Teen Sex Study

March 18, 2011

Kaaren Williamsen, director of Carleton's gender and sexuality center,has been quoted extensively on the recent National Survey on Family Growth study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The March 18 edition of the New York Times quoted Williamsen saying “It’s definitely a ‘huh’ situation, because it goes counter to popular perceptions,” as the study found that women with bachelor’s degrees were actually less likely to have had a same-sex experience than those who did not finish high school. She is quoted in the March 3 edition of USA Today as well, commenting that the study also found that fewer teens and young adults are having any sort of sexual contact with other people. "This data would support that it is more common for women to fluctuate and explore their sexuality. It's also more socially acceptable, so they feel like they could report it," she says in USA Today. "I do still think we have to consider the impact of internalized homophobia — that even for people who may have had a same-sex experience, admitting it, even anonymously, might not be possible. That could be impacting the difference (in study findings) between men and women." The story also appeared in another form in the DailyMail.