An anonymous commenter at Sailer’s wrote “[H]ow many straight men with Ivy League educations enjoy the opera? […] In my estimation, the type of man who enjoys the opera is typically gay and is therefore definitely not the type who would want to marry a woman with an Ivy League education.”
Again, this seems amenable to the gss.
Row: OPERA
Column: SEXSEX
Control: SEX

First men:

Statistics for SEX = 1(MALE)
Cells contain:
Column percent
-Weighted N
SEXSEX
1
EXCLUSIVELY MALE
2
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE
3
EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE
ROW
TOTAL
OPERA 1: LIKE VERY MUCH 12.5
1.1
.0
.0
2.8
13.8
2.9
14.8
2: LIKE IT 37.5
3.2
.0
.0
12.0
59.3
12.4
62.5
3: MIXED FEELINGS 12.5
1.1
100.0
.5
25.2
125.1
25.1
126.7
4: DISLIKE IT 6.2
.5
.0
.0
39.8
197.1
39.2
197.6
5: DISLIKE VERY MUCH 31.3
2.7
.0
.0
20.2
100.2
20.4
102.8
COL TOTAL 100.0
8.5
100.0
.5
100.0
495.4
100.0
504.4
Means 3.06 3.00 3.63 3.62
Std Devs 1.57 1.02 1.03
Unweighted N 10 1 465 476

Then women:

Statistics for SEX = 2(FEMALE)
Cells contain:
Column percent
-Weighted N
SEXSEX
1
EXCLUSIVELY MALE
2
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE
3
EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE
ROW
TOTAL
OPERA 1: LIKE VERY MUCH 5.5
31.2
.0
.0
.0
.0
5.3
31.2
2: LIKE IT 17.6
100.7
60.0
1.6
4.8
.5
17.6
102.8
3: MIXED FEELINGS 23.1
132.0
20.0
.5
23.8
2.7
23.1
135.1
4: DISLIKE IT 35.2
200.8
20.0
.5
28.6
3.2
35.0
204.5
5: DISLIKE VERY MUCH 18.6
106.0
.0
.0
42.9
4.8
18.9
110.7
COL TOTAL 100.0
570.7
100.0
2.7
100.0
11.1
100.0
584.4
Means 3.44 2.60 4.10 3.45
Std Devs 1.14 1.01 .97 1.14
Unweighted N 543 4 12 559

Gay men do seem to be more opera-loving than straights, although also prone to more extreme responses. I was surprised how much lesbians dislike opera. Straight women like it more than straight men, but they still seem to be closer to their potential mates than they are to gay men. As for the commenter’s statement, it neglects the base rate. An individual man who likes opera is probably straight, because there are simply a lot more total straights (even atypical ones) than gays.

We can also look to see whether people have attended a performance of classical music or opera.

Statistics for SEX = 1(MALE)
Cells contain:
Column percent
-Weighted N
SEXSEX
1
EXCLUSIVELY MALE
2
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE
3
EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE
ROW
TOTAL
GOMUSIC 1: YES 29.1
14.9
26.2
3.3
16.3
301.8
16.7
320.1
2: NO 70.9
36.4
73.8
9.3
83.7
1,552.3
83.3
1,598.0
COL TOTAL 100.0
51.3
100.0
12.7
100.0
1,854.2
100.0
1,918.1
Means 1.71 1.74 1.84 1.83
Std Devs .46 .46 .37 .37
Unweighted N 55 13 1,718 1,786

Now the women.

Statistics for SEX = 2(FEMALE)
Cells contain:
Column percent
-Weighted N
SEXSEX
1
EXCLUSIVELY MALE
2
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE
3
EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE
ROW
TOTAL
GOMUSIC 1: YES 17.2
343.7
31.9
3.9
25.8
13.2
17.5
360.8
2: NO 82.8
1,657.7
68.1
8.2
74.2
37.9
82.5
1,703.9
COL TOTAL 100.0
2,001.4
100.0
12.1
100.0
51.2
100.0
2,064.7
Means 1.83 1.68 1.74 1.83
Std Devs .38 .49 .44 .38
Unweighted N 1,890 15 56 1,961

I don’t have time to do much analysis before heading off, but I’m surprised again by lesbians so often seeing such performances given their dislike of opera. I guess they must really like classical. There should be a GSS question for that.
UPDATE:
The question for classical music is CLASSICL. Here are men’s responses.

Statistics for SEX = 1(MALE)
Cells contain:
Column percent
-Weighted N
SEXSEX
1
EXCLUSIVELY MALE
2
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE
3
EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE
ROW
TOTAL
CLASSICL 1: LIKE VERY MUCH 50.0
4.8
.0
.0
16.0
81.1
16.6
85.8
2: LIKE IT 27.8
2.7
66.7
1.1
28.8
146.3
28.9
150.0
3: MIXED FEELINGS 11.1
1.1
33.3
.5
30.1
152.6
29.8
154.2
4: DISLIKE IT 11.1
1.1
.0
.0
16.6
84.3
16.5
85.3
5: DISLIKE VERY MUCH .0
.0
.0
.0
8.5
42.9
8.3
42.9
COL TOTAL 100.0
9.5
100.0
1.6
100.0
507.1
100.0
518.2
Means 1.83 2.33 2.73 2.71
Std Devs 1.07 .77 1.17 1.17
Unweighted N 11 2 473 486

Now women.

Statistics for SEX = 2(FEMALE)
Cells contain:
Column percent
-Weighted N
SEXSEX
1
EXCLUSIVELY MALE
2
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE
3
EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE
ROW
TOTAL
CLASSICL 1: LIKE VERY MUCH 19.5
114.5
.0
.0
9.5
1.1
19.2
115.5
2: LIKE IT 33.7
197.6
100.0
2.7
23.8
2.7
33.8
202.9
3: MIXED FEELINGS 23.6
138.3
.0
.0
42.9
4.8
23.8
143.1
4: DISLIKE IT 15.1
88.5
.0
.0
9.5
1.1
14.9
89.5
5: DISLIKE VERY MUCH 8.2
48.2
.0
.0
14.3
1.6
8.3
49.8
COL TOTAL 100.0
587.1
100.0
2.7
100.0
11.1
100.0
600.8
Means 2.59 2.00 2.95 2.59
Std Devs 1.20 1.19 1.19
Unweighted N 553 4 12 569

The association of folk with lesbians was mentioned below. That question, appropriately enough, is FOLK. Here are men’s responses.

Statistics for SEX = 1(MALE)
Cells contain:
Column percent
-Weighted N
SEXSEX
1
EXCLUSIVELY MALE
2
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE
3
EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE
ROW
TOTAL
FOLK 1: LIKE VERY MUCH 12.5
1.1
.0
.0
7.7
39.8
7.8
40.8
2: LIKE IT 25.0
2.1
66.7
1.1
34.6
177.5
34.5
180.7
3: MIXED FEELINGS 43.8
3.7
33.3
.5
34.3
175.9
34.4
180.2
4: DISLIKE IT 18.8
1.6
.0
.0
19.3
99.1
19.2
100.7
5: DISLIKE VERY MUCH .0
.0
.0
.0
4.1
21.2
4.0
21.2
COL TOTAL 100.0
8.5
100.0
1.6
100.0
513.4
100.0
523.5
Means 2.69 2.33 2.78 2.77
Std Devs .98 .77 .98 .98
Unweighted N 10 2 479 491

Now women.

Statistics for SEX = 2(FEMALE)
Cells contain:
Column percent
-Weighted N
SEXSEX
1
EXCLUSIVELY MALE
2
BOTH MALE AND FEMALE
3
EXCLUSIVELY FEMALE
ROW
TOTAL
FOLK 1: LIKE VERY MUCH 8.0
46.1
.0
.0
9.5
1.1
8.0
47.2
2: LIKE IT 37.4
215.7
.0
.0
57.1
6.4
37.6
222.0
3: MIXED FEELINGS 28.9
166.4
.0
.0
19.0
2.1
28.5
168.5
4: DISLIKE IT 19.1
110.2
100.0
2.7
9.5
1.1
19.3
113.9
5: DISLIKE VERY MUCH 6.6
38.2
.0
.0
4.8
.5
6.6
38.7
COL TOTAL 100.0
576.5
100.0
2.7
100.0
11.1
100.0
590.3
Means 2.79 4.00 2.43 2.79
Std Devs 1.05 1.00 1.05
Unweighted N 546 4 12 562

I guess lesbians just sort of like folk.

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