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    Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Fascinating.

    Why Are There Gay Men? Because Women Who Inherit 'Gay Genes' Have More Kids, Scientists Say

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1590501.html

    I'll add--completely unscientifically--that those gay uncles are great for helping to raise all those kids, adding another evolutionary advantage.


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    Re: Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    Fascinating.

    Why Are There Gay Men? Because Women Who Inherit 'Gay Genes' Have More Kids, Scientists Say

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1590501.html

    I'll add--completely unscientifically--that those gay uncles are great for helping to raise all those kids, adding another evolutionary advantage.
    Is there a similar theory explaining the existence of lesbians? We've been around for a long time too!

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    Re: Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Lokabrenna View Post
    Is there a similar theory explaining the existence of lesbians? We've been around for a long time too!
    http://www.lifeslittlemysteries.com/2563-gay-women.html

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    Re: Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Aine Rayne View Post
    Well, that was disappointing; I was hoping for an equally intriguing theory on the genetic roots of lesbianism, and it's just not there, at least not in this article.

    I'll add that there are also plenty of bisexual guys, though I'll agree that as a whole guys are more polarized about sexual orientation. Note, however, that guys can also "flip" their sexual orientation under certain environmental conditions; witness otherwise heterosexual men in prison settings.

    Finally--totally off-topic--the copy editor in me loves the typo in the sentence "sexuality is essentially fixed from puberty onroughout their lives" [should have been "on throughout"]. It's a great accidental contraction and should be adopted as a legitimate word in the English language. From now onroughout [pronounced the same as "en route"] my life I'm going to use it.

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    Re: Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    Why Are There Gay Men? Because Women Who Inherit 'Gay Genes' Have More Kids, Scientists Say

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1590501.html
    I was laughing earlier about the sexism in the way the study's creators were analyzing the data.

    Women who are more fertile, have fewer gynecological problems, and have easier childbirth, are therefore more attractive to men, which in turn results in them having more children. Seriously? It's not, say, "women who have an easier time in childbirth or get pregnant more easily are more likely to choose to have more children"? No, it's all about the mens wanting to get with their sexy, fecund femaleness.

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    Re: Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Lokabrenna View Post
    Is there a similar theory explaining the existence of lesbians? We've been around for a long time too!
    That's funny, because my kneejerk answer to "Why are there gay men?" was,
    "...so us ladies don't have to carry all of the gayness for humanity, I mean, it always falls to women to pick up the slack..."
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    Re: Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Kessei View Post
    Women who are more fertile, have fewer gynecological problems, and have easier childbirth, are therefore more attractive to men, which in turn results in them having more children. Seriously? It's not, say, "women who have an easier time in childbirth or get pregnant more easily are more likely to choose to have more children"? No, it's all about the mens wanting to get with their sexy, fecund femaleness.
    I read this exactly the same way. Like "There's nothing less attractive than a difficult birth..." What the hell?

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    Re: Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Quote Originally Posted by yewberry View Post
    I read this exactly the same way. Like "There's nothing less attractive than a difficult birth..."
    Have these people seen a NORMAL birth? I saw one of those "Miracles of Life" documentaries in sex-ed, and it turned me off having kids for YEARS. Like hell if giving birth is a MIRACLE.

    Admittedly I was sixteen, but still.
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    Re: Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharysa View Post
    Have these people seen a NORMAL birth? I saw one of those "Miracles of Life" documentaries in sex-ed, and it turned me off having kids for YEARS. Like hell if giving birth is a MIRACLE.

    Admittedly I was sixteen, but still.
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    Re: Why Are There Gay Men? Science Has an Answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharysa View Post
    Have these people seen a NORMAL birth? I saw one of those "Miracles of Life" documentaries in sex-ed, and it turned me off having kids for YEARS. Like hell if giving birth is a MIRACLE.

    Admittedly I was sixteen, but still.
    My sister made us all watch the birth of her first on video - I had 2 kids already and it made me uncomfortable. My brother just shut his eyes a lot - he was kinda squicked out with the shots of his sister's genital area. As was I.
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