Originally posted by Gear
It is now common knowledge that there is a Gay Gene.
Rather, the opposite is true. THere is no known gay gene or even much of a suspicion now that there is one.
The simple fact that one cannot propagate with ones own gender means that the Gay Gene would not be passed down to the next generation.
I understand where you are going with this. You are saying that before, people with the gay gene had to act straight, get married,
have kids, and the gene went on. Now, gays can be openly gay, won't reproduce, and thus the trait will die out.
It would make perfect sense, if gayness was dictated by genes, the gene would be passed along, through the generations, in the past, because it was
never really permissible to be gay and only gay. Thus we have this gene, floating around in the population today, being passed along like the genes
for eye colour and the like, such that straigh parents produce gay children, just like brown eyed parents will produce blue eyed children.
The problem, however, is that there is no gay gene, and as you note, there is a spectrum of behaviour, from hetero, to homo, to bi, to all sorts of
things. A person can pass along the gay gene, while having occasional sex with men, but still having a wife. Or it can be carried by a person, but
not result in 'gay' behaviour, just like with blue eyes.
But the essential logic of your post does make sense, the activity was always either repressed entirely, or in hand with reproductive sex, and today,
that pressure isn't necessarily there, so the 'gene' could die out (but again there doesn't seem to be a gay gene).
Its a bit of a toss up as to whether or not its allways been persecuted. Amoung the Spartans, it was actively encouraged, BUT not as an alternative
to having heterosexual sex and reproducing. Everyone was socially encouraged to do both. I think
that a person that was only engaging in male
on male sex would indeed, at least in sparta, be looked down upon.
MUCH like The gay greek society would have been had it not been for an intervention.
There was no intervention, they happily shagged whatever they could whenever they could. They didn't have encouraged male on male sex, and then stop
it. They actively encouraged male on male sex, and at the same time actively encouraged marriage and the family.
The earliest known(that I know of, not known in general) example of Homosexuality in Humans is in the Classical Greek era,
Even earlier, in teh epic of gilgamesh, the relationship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu, its almost like a modern broke back mountain.