They’re claiming 8% of the population now, the number keeps going up!
“Although epigenetic changes are usually temporary, they involve alterations in the proteins that bind together the long strands of DNA. Thus, they can sometimes be handed down to offspring. According to the hypothesis, homosexuality may be a carry-over from one’s parents’ own prenatal resistance to the hormones of the opposite sex.”
Great man, unusual number of homosexual offspring.
“The initial benefit to the parents may explain why the trait of homosexuality persists throughout evolution, he says.”
Evolution presumes the fit ones will breed more (reducing the downside loss to zero as 52:48 female to male birth ratio) and there’s no parasitism between high and low fitness.
There are other studies along these lines e.g. a review
“More recent research suggests that 2-6% of men in the United States, France and Great Britain have had homosexual experience”
It’s always the men being the most degenerate, generic finding of sexology.
And they wonder why they die sooner.
Big winners, bigger losers.
“This article reviews the evidence regarding prenatal influences of gonadal steroids on human sexual orientation, as well as sex-typed childhood behaviors that predict subsequent sexual orientation.”
But it doesn’t work the other way around, parent forcing a Barbie on your son.
And it isn’t 1:1, kids will play with most things if allowed.
“The evidence supports a role for prenatal testosterone exposure in the development of sex-typed interests in childhood, as well as in sexual orientation in later life, at least for some individuals.”
Yay, we can blame men! – feminists, if they had any balls
“It appears, however, that other factors,”
“in addition to hormones, play an important role in determining sexual orientation.”
“These factors have not been well-characterized,”
Pathogens, billions of pathogens.
“but possibilities include direct genetic effects, and effects of maternal factors during pregnancy. “
You can try blaming the woman but you’d be wrong. If women were responsible, nobody would be straight because everyone has a mother, and therefore a cause. We wrongly assume anything “wrong” with a baby is the mother’s fault. This is like blaming your food poisoning on the oven rather than the handling before that stage (paternal factors, research the other half too, paternal factors!) or once it comes out.
Paternal degeneracy would be an interesting factor. A very interesting factor.
Are promiscuous men* likelier to have gay sons, easy observational study.
You’d essentially be testing for r-selection. Homosexual men are extreme sexual r-types: high volume, low discrimination, nomadic patterning…
“Although a role for hormones during early development has been established, it also appears that there may be multiple pathways to a given sexual orientation outcome and some of these pathways may not involve hormones.”
Where’s the science, right?
How would it occur from father to germline like an STD, mother to child or both?
Have we seen pathogens change things about babies in other cases?
Wouldn’t there be a genetic brake on that?
A gene that can be compromised in mothers and lead to increased infection risk for the infant. Too little compromise and the mother suffers from carrying the foetus.
Start with the pathogens it encourages?
But where’s the science, I know, I know…
If only we had a clear-cut sign of societal sexual selection.
Say, weaker men sexually preferring masculinized women.
Should women be uber-feminine then? No, older women are hormonally and it causes pregnancy failure.
*we know there’s already a link with mothers, fathers constantly go under-studied, especially in terms of promiscuity outcomes.