Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Study Supports Genetics In Homosexuality


Wow...

First there was the study, years ago, that stated that the more male children a woman has, the more likely she is to have a gay son...that rule doesn't seem to apply to female children, but let me tell you, it hit me on the head when I heard it. I started asking gay male friends their birth order, and while far from scientific, I did hear a lot of them state "I'm the youngest". The youngest is the furthest along, and therefore more likely to be gay, by a fairly high percentage. It's interesting. Given the state of science in terms of the reasons for homosexuality, it's pretty much...interesting, but at least tackling the question. 

Let me just say, science doesn't know what make a person "straight" either...
Even the gayest of us has likely wondered from time to time, how does homosexuality play into the propagation of the species? Take out religion (please) and you have to wonder, whatever your orientation, how the LGBT community fits into the simple biological scheme of things. Reproduction is the basis for any species to multiply and survive, so why is the gay thing so constant since the dawn of time and why haven't we simply been chosen for extinction? 

Besides the fact that the LGBT community is so much more interesting than the rest...

Now there's a new study in the upcoming Journal of Sexual Medicine that attributes homosexuality to another intriguing factor...

The theory holds that the same genetic factors that induce gayness in males also promote fecundity (high reproductive success) in those males' female maternal relatives. Through this trade-off, the maternal relatives' "gay man genes," though they aren't expressed as such, tend to get passed to future generations in spite of their tendency to make their male inheritors gay.

"High fecundity, that means having more babies, is not about pleasure in sex, nor is it about promiscuity. The androphilic pattern that we found is about females who increase their reproductive value to attract the best males".

Basically, the study suggests that the genes that result in homosexuality in sons are the same genes, handed down, that make women, ironically, more attractive to men.

Turns out, the moms and aunts of gay men have an advantage over the moms and aunts of straight men for several reasons: They are more fertile, displaying fewer gynecological disorders or complications during pregnancy; they are more extroverted, as well as funnier, happier and more relaxed; and they have fewer family problems and social anxieties. "In other words, compared to the others, [they are] perfect for a male."

So, fellow gay males, our mom's are likely more appealing to men, because of a variety of factors, including humor, personality and demeanor. I don't know about you, but most of the mom's of gay men I know are a lot more fun to be around. Just saying. More importantly, it's another study which points to a genetic reason for homosexuality...

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