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Unread postby pozzie » 27 August 2021, 17:38

Searched but didn't find a good topic to share this. Every so often someone releases a scientific study into the nature v nurture debate related to sexual orientation. I'm sure many (most?) of us have strong feelings about this but hope some will still find articles of interest.

I ran across this one today on nature.com.

Genetic patterns offer clues to evolution of homosexuality
Massive study finds that genetic markers associated with same-sex encounters might aid reproduction. But some scientists question the conclusions.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02312-0
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Unread postby Eryx » 27 August 2021, 21:52

I stopped caring a long time ago, because in truth it doesn't really matter. The article is interesting though, it does make sense that so many species keep having homosexuals around, after all straight people are indeed terrible at raising children.
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Unread postby PopTart » 29 August 2021, 07:36

I too think it's something you stop caring about when you fully accept being gay and realise that it's just a small part of who you are. It doesn't matter all that much in our day to day lives.

That said :lol:

There is a definate dissonance in the gay community and beyond, around how sexuality works. I couldn't list the number of times I've heard people talk about sexuality being a spectrum, how sexuality is malleable and fluid and open to change through the course of our lifetimes. I've said it myself quite often. I've also been one of the ones who has spoken about sexuality being very much fixed, usually when defending against the kinds of people that try to explain the gay away. It's not a choice, it's biological, you either are or you aren't etc etc. It can't really be both.

I generally suspect that, we don't really know. For many of us, it doesn't really matter.

But perhaps we should think about it abit more. I mean, if it was found to be genetic, would we object if parents of prospective children, could literally make the gay go away in vitro? If it isn't biological in nature, then what does that mean for our professed sexual identities, when anti LGB groups speak about things like conversion therapy. I guess it would mean it was a choice and it's a choice I'm happy to have made, but does that mean everyone else should make the same choice? How do we treat those that make different choices on this matter? :shrug:
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