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Those genes look good on ya

Sebastian looks at genetic factors in homosexuality. The linked article is entitled Is your child a “prehomosexual”? Forecasting adult sexual orientation. I don’t think that a predisposition toward girly toys indicates much other than your son has a sister. And, often, it’s a waste of time to rely on sex roles when it comes to children. Because a lot of the times the children don’t even notice.

10 Responses to “Those genes look good on ya”

  1. nk Says:

    My daughter has always had both “girl” toys and “boy” toys. I taught her to ride horses and took her for piano lessons. Bought her pocket knives and bows and arrows. Mama bought her American Girl. (Martial arts, too, best I could, and now she’s with a good professional karate teacher.) I told her, always, there’s nothing a boy can do that a girl cannot do.

    She’s has fallen in love with a boy (neighbor, they grew up together) and she has been asking me whether it would be better to send him roses or chocolates. She’s eight. πŸ˜‰

  2. comatus Says:

    nk, she cannot go wrong with the chocolate roses.

  3. DirtCrashr Says:

    I played with dolls when I was very young, later with Gi-Joes, probably it’s just a substitution/manipulation thing. I had a girlfriend in 2nd grade who wanted me to play House with her and do all the sweeping up, she was bossy. My girlfriend in 5th grade was nicer.

  4. ZerCool Says:

    I played with girl toys growing up. And yes, they were my sister’s. And I was usually mangling, mutilating, folding, skewering, or burning them.

    Barbie dolls smell TERRIBLE when they burn.

  5. Rabbit Says:

    A friend I’ve known since 4th grade is gay. I knew he was ‘different’ back then. I think everybody did. I suppose he’s been ‘out’ since high school, although his closet door was never really closed, per se. He’s not ‘flaming’, and never was militantly forward about it. He’s extremely successful in his business (he owns his own corporation, with about a dozen employees)and he lives in the small rural community we grew up in. He has two younger brothers who are married with children. His father flew heavies in the Air Force and his mother worked in the medical field. Can’t say I find an external ’cause’ with him, no.

  6. Rabbit Says:

    On the other hand, if it was strictly genetically linked, it may be like that old saw “If your parents never had children, the odds are high you won’t, either”.

    I also have a step-sister who is butch. We had a great time together years ago, as we shared similar interests- guns, motorcycles, fast cars, and chicks. We’d take each other’s cast-offs when we’d hit the bars. She’s a great wingman. She also chews my brand.

  7. John Smith. Says:

    My wife told me I should get in touch with my feminine side. I told her my feminine side was a dike. She thinks that is possibly the best retort that exists for the getting in touch with your feminine side bullshit.

  8. nk Says:

    When I want to get in touch with my feminine side, I pat my wife’s bottom. πŸ˜‰

  9. HL Says:

    The most telling item in this article was this:

    “In looking carefully at the childhoods of now-gay adults, researchers are finding an intriguing set of early behavioral indicators that homosexuals seem to have in common. And, curiously enough, the age-old homophobic fears of parents seem to have some genuine predictive currency.”

    The headline might well have been “No Shit!” Why are eggheads so often stunned to learn that conventional wisdom so often gets it right? Everyone wants to be Columbus. Everyone wants to prove the world is not flat. What we have for so long known is to these people “intriguing” and “curious”.

    I bet they are “Brady” types.

  10. ketcom Says:

    I know a pair of identical twins (men). One is gay and the other one isn’t. Don’t identical twins have all the same genes?