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September 23, 2003

Doesn't matter what's down under

Is Australia the world's gayest country? A few points....

  • Generally of British Isles stock (kind of sound gay to start with)
  • Disproportionately descended from inmates (male mostly)
  • Sometimes work in the outback with nothing in a 100 mile radius but dingos and your "comrades"
  • Most mammals in Oz are weird, why shouldn't the people turn a bit queer after a few generations?
  • Had an Ozzie roommate that liked to "do it" with ugly chicks once-guys are just the next step....

Jason, any input?

Posted by razib at 12:36 AM

1) It does have a very vibrant gay subculture in Sydney
2) The Sydney gay and lesbian mardi gras is a very mainstream event attended by hundreds of nongays(never attended it myself, have gay friends but don't really like looking at 'flaming' gays, wish they'd keep it polite and middle class)
3) one of current high court justices is openly gay and another is closeted gay (though open secret among the legal profession, but then they do like to dress in wigs and robes so what do you expect?)
4) former speech writer of conservative Prime Minister and currently editor of a conservative journal is openly gay
5) Australia is at the arse end of the world

Posted by: Jason Soon at September 23, 2003 01:11 AM

yeah, it's a load of bullshit-but funny though.

Posted by: razib at September 23, 2003 01:44 AM

and what exactly are you "smelling" dude???

Posted by: razib at September 23, 2003 01:44 AM

From the article:

"The company said more than 150,000 people took part in the on-line survey, which was now in its seventh year."

Posted by: Zachary Latif at September 23, 2003 06:14 AM

But in the outback are the men more interested in other men or in sheep?

Posted by: Randall Parker at September 23, 2003 03:10 PM

I think the explanation can be found in just two words: "online survey". It's not a random sample, but self-selected. (And that's assuming no group decided to take the survey repeatedly to deliberately skew the results.)

Posted by: markm at September 27, 2003 08:06 PM