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The Stress Connection
That appeared to be the case until the 1970s, when the East German scientist Gunter Dorner heard of the work of Selye and others on the physiological effects of social stress in laboratory rats and mice. Dorner had already spent much of his career investigating the role hormones such as estrogen and testosterone play in the development of the fetus, particularly in determining an individual’s sexual orientation. He was especially intrigued by reports that female rats subjected to severe social stress during pregnancy tended to produce male offspring that were attracted only to other male rats. Since he already knew that high stress levels experienced during pregnancy resulted in lower levels of male hormones in the womb, he decided to survey that section of the German population that had been born during and just after World War II to see if he could detect statistical evidence of the link between stress and sexuality in society at large. From the eight hundred homosexuals questioned in the survey, Dorner was able to determine that the homosexual birthrate (i.e., the percentage of homosexuals in the overall population) had indeed fluctuated according to the levels of stress suffered by women during pregnancy. More homosexuals had been born during the years of greatest social stress—during the last months of the conflict and those immediately following the war—than at any other time. In fact, two-thirds of the homosexual men and their mothers reported prebirth levels of stress ranging from “moderate” to “extreme,” and the stated causes included bombing, rape, and extreme anxiety. By contrast, only 10% of the heterosexuals in the control group reported unusual maternal stress during the prenatal period, and the mothers of these individuals reported only moderate prenatal stress.
Originally posted by Ocelot
While some people still insist that homo- (and hetero-) sexuality is a "choice," scientists disagree—according to the latest research, we're born with our sexuality hardwired into our genes.
Here is the rest of the story:
This is what I have always believed to be the truth. What do you guys think? If you're going to reply please refrain from being homophobic.
Originally posted by ubermunche
The number of gays has not increased, the number of gays that feel more comfortable admitting to it has.
Why do you lump it in with druggies and alcoholics.
Do you speak about choice from the experience of being gay yourself, or an opinion formed from your own perception or predjudice.
If it is a choice how would you deal with gay people if you had the authority to. Would you be pro the freedom to act on it or see it as some kind of problem for society.