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Trying to stay straight at all-women’s college

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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 6:43 am

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a freshman at a top all-girl’s college. I’m straight and broke up with my boyfriend to be here. There is tremendous pressure to fit in here by hooking up with girls. I realize girl-girl experimentation is “cool” today, but after considering it, I decided I’m not interested. So many girls come here straight and now they’re lesbians. But not real lesbians. They’re doing it out of peer pressure, and because if you don’t, you’re a second-class citizen. Don’t tell me to meet guys on other campuses. When you tell them your school, they don’t respect you. And they never come here. I can’t take three more years of this, but how do I tell my parents? — Trying to Stay Straight at all-female college

Zoe, 19, Portland, Ore.: I completely understand. I attended a top women’s college and experienced so much social pressure to become lesbian, or at least try it, even though I had no sexual interest in women! The sexual pressure and exclusivity led me to transfer to the college I now attend and love. Tell your parents about it — I did. It’s an awkward topic, but no parent wants their child sexually pressured.

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