Sister Y rightly objected in the comments (and even provided some data) to an old post regarding the variables I used in the GSS to find the rates of violence used against celibate or lesbian women. I wasn’t very proficient at use of the GSS web-tool at the time. Fortunately Jason Malloy explained how to find just what I was looking for in comments to a somewhat recent GNXP post. Razib has been encouraging bloggers to make more use of the GSS, so I’ve given it another shot.

Sorry about the gaps. Just copying the source from GSS didn’t work this time, so I’ve been mucking about combining it with the html from my last “violence against women” post. This is as polished as I’m willing to get it at the moment.

Variable LAW2 : A PERSONAL ASSAULT
PreQuestion Text
1575. Now, I’m going to ask you about various events and conditions that happen to people. I’m interested in those that happened to you during the last 12 months, that is since (CURRENT MONTH), 2003. As I ask you about the specific events, please think carefully, so I can record things accurately.

F. Next, did any of the following criminal or legal events occur to you since (CURRENT MONTH), 2003…
Literal Question
2. A personal assault (e.g. being beaten up, hit, or attacked with a weapon).

SDA 3.2: TablesGeneral Social Surveys, 1972-2006 [Cumulative File]
Apr 19, 2008 (Sat 12:07 PM PDT)
Variables
Role Name Label Range MD Dataset
Row LAW2 A PERSONAL ASSULT 1-2 0,8,9 1
Column SEXSEX5 SEX OF SEX PARTNERS LAST FIVE YEARS 1-3 0,8,9 1
Weight WTSSALL WEIGHT VARIABLE .4297-6.4287 1
Filter SEX(2) RESPONDENTS SEX(=FEMALE) 1-2 0 1





























Frequency Distribution
Cells contain:
-Column percent
-Weighted N
SEXSEX5
1
EXCLUSIVELY MALE
2
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE
3
EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE
ROW
TOTAL
LAW2 1: YES 2.1
18
13.4
1
.0
0
2.2
19
2: NO 97.9
828
86.6
6
100.0
5
97.8
839
COL TOTAL 100.0
846
100.0
7
100.0
5
100.0
858
Allocation of cases (unweighted)
Valid cases 854
Cases excluded by filter or weight 22,439
Cases with invalid codes on
row or column variable
27,727
Total cases 51,020
Datasets
1 /7502docs/D3/GSS06
2 /7502docs/Npubvars/GSS06

This is in line with the Inductivist’s previous findings that lesbians tend to have their shit together while bisexuals have issues.

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