The article "A Century of Gay Studies at Chicago"
(October/00) unfairly criticized the research of two of Chicago's
outstanding faculty members: Robert Michael and Edward Laumann.
As a former student of Bob Michael's, I have had an opportunity
to examine the cited research in depth. His research methodology
is flawless, and his findings are controversial not because of
his methodology, but because the results explode the myth of a
widespread existence of homosexuality. The studies' findings-that
only 2.8 percent of American men and 1.4 percent of American women
are homo- or bisexual-is very damaging to the homosexual lifestyle
because it destroys the myth that homosexuality is just an "alternative
lifestyle." However disconcerting this may be to the gay community,
it is not fair to criticize research that the author obviously
has not reviewed in depth. Destroying the reputation and research
of an excellent U of C professor just to further the homosexual
agenda does nothing to help our great university.
M. Witek, MPP'00
and Michael's research was the subject of an October/94 feature,
"Sex by the Numbers"); in the article mentioned above, we noted
that their study, which "challenged [a] widespread belief…was
greeted with some skepticism, prompting a continuing debate on
the study's methodology and interpretation."-Ed.