These are people who may change their sexual identity with time and more experience.“Queer” is how Kate Stayman-London would identify herself now, but when she was in college in the mid-aughts, she wasn’t sure about her sexual identity.
She had dated men and women, and by her senior year at Amherst in Massachusetts, she had her first girlfriend.
Through a survey of more than 24,000 university students, researchers found that many people engaging in same-sex hookups identify as heterosexual.
One in 4 women and 1 in 8.5 men in college whose most recent hookup was with a partner of the same sex consider themselves straight.
Slightly more than half of the students, 54 percent, said they had hooked up with someone else during the school year.“There was a big disconnect between what people said their sexual orientation was and what their actions were.”College is the time when sexual evolutions and experiments are likely to take place because students have often reached their sexual maturity, but not their emotional and economic maturity (as evidenced by the fact that many college students are in debt and making plenty of foolish decisions).“Hooking up is one way some young people try to get through the long period between their sexual coming of age and their achievement of educational, professional, and relationship success,” says Stephanie Coontz, head of the Council on Contemporary Families, which has published Kuperberg’s previous research on hookups.But for the curious college student, it’s important to realize that sexual identities can be fluid, rather than fixed.