Is Sexual Orientation Innate?

elph's picture

A definitive answer to this question remains tantalizingly elusive... and may remain forever so. But as evidence from studies accumulates, an inexorable progression towards a resounding YES seems all but certain!

This piece is a summary of a talk given recently in the Whom You Love series at Michigan State University.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-mcfadden/is-sexual-orientation-inna...

For more information on the Whom You Love lectures at MSU:

https://www.msu.edu/~youlove/

anarchist's picture

Wasn't it proven that, in men, it's caused by conditions in

pregnancy? I found an article that was posted on /b/ last year that showed the results of a study, and it said homosexuality (and I think bisexuality) in men is caused by stress during pregnancy.

jeff's picture

Err...

I thought one is not supposed to ever refer to /b/ outside of 4chan. It's like Fight Club, no?

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anarchist's picture

Rules 1 and 2 are bullshit.

Everyone knows about /b/ by now, so it's pointless not to talk about it. It's a boring board, anyway. /hm/ is the most entertaining, in my opinion.

radiosilence95's picture

I don't believe that for a

I don't believe that for a second. There are all kinds of psychological studies conducted to pinpoint the origin of gayness, and all of them reek of bullshit.

elph's picture

Well...

Whether it's totally genetic or a combination of genes plus hormones provided by the mother towards the end of pregnancy... it'd still qualify as innate... no?

jeff's picture

I guess...

... the premise is also faulty, since it is usually a framing device by religious people, etc., whereby they would be compassionate if it was biological, but stay hateful if it were chosen, etc.

The irony being that religion is chosen, of course.

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elph's picture

Whether the question...

is imposed on us from religious sources (no disagreement there) or not... it remains an interesting scientific question.

anarchist's picture

I think it shouldn't matter.

Even if it were chosen, why would that justify homophobia?

elph's picture

What "information" might be exploited...

by those wishing to harm or denigrate gays is a tangential issue, but important in its own right!

Knowing that there exists both a propensity and a desire to inflict evil (primarily by devotees to various mythologies) should not hamper the search for a scientific explanation...

jeff's picture

Well...

Until there's a prenatal test for homosexuality, at least.

Talk about a conflict for religious parents: We're anti-abortion but our fetus is gay!?!

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MaddieJoy's picture

they could always

play therapy tapes for the fetus...

The ducks will get you!

elph's picture

Might work...

but with what objective? :)

MaddieJoy's picture

you know

religious fanatics are always sending their kids to therapy to "straighten them out" so they would try to do it before they're born

The ducks will get you!