Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

Ow, my brain.

Wow, conflating gender identity and sexual orientation. I had forgotten anyone did that anymore, but looking up information on the UCLA study i first find misleading headlines and then articles which straight up talk about supposed genetic causes for homosexuality. And these articles are all talking about the UCLA study, the one which goes against decades of conventional wisdom by seeming to show that genes influence the sex of animals even before hormones are introduced to the fetus (for decades people had thought it was just hormones which made a fetus turn out male or female). Are these people sure they're not talking about the Britain blinking study, which does claim to help prove that sexual orientation is hard-wired?

If this [the below article snippet] is true it doesn't help, but i want to see the original interview transcript, original article, or whatever they're getting this from, because having seen people's amazing ability to misconstrue information, i'm not trusting a paraphrase:

While stressing the study was "not about finding the gay gene," Vilain said some of the 54 genes might explain homosexual behavior.

edit: In this article, Vilain is quoted as saying “It’s quite possible that sexual identity and physical attraction is ‘hard-wired’ by the brain. If we accept this concept, we must dismiss the myth that homosexuality is a ‘choice’ and examine our civil legal system accordingly.” I'm still troubled, largely because while i agree with his statement i don't think it has any basis in his findings, but that's not quite as bad as his statement had first been made out to be.

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