posted on Feb, 23 2003 @ 10:37 AM
UP, it's long been known that there are indeed differences in the brains of males and females.
Right now, evidence suggests that the basic wiring differences between male and female brains start early. The different wiring means that they
respond to things differently (men tend to be better at spatial problems and navigation, women tend to be better at language and have faster
reactions.) But this is not a "law." There are many women who are good navigators and who can work spatial problems and many men with excellent
reactions and who can write and speak well. This is also, as MD points out, affected by hormones.
Culture has a lot to do with how people end up, though.
While there's a lot of research that shows homosexuality is genetic (all animal species have homosexuals) rather than learned, no one has found a
gene or a way of raising babies (whether human or animal) that "turns them homosexual."
And nobody has found a way of changing a homosexual animal or person into a successful heterosexual (this is a HUGE problem in the farm communities
and in the pet breeding associations. Nobody likes to buy a stud animal (bull, ram, dog, cat, etc) only to find out that the stud isn't interested
in breeding females and only wants to mount males or that your prizewinning female animal likes to be mounted by females and will attack and hurt any
male that comes near her.)
Yes, I know there are some human conversions. Few are long-term and the most successful ones are when the person is actually bisexual.
The info in the article is thought provoking -- though I do question the effects of stress in the mother on the fetus' sexuality. That would imply
that we'd see peaks and waves of homosexuality (as the world went from peace to crisis to peace to crisis), and as far as the research I've seen
indicates, it stays at a consistant 10%.
And I'm not sure that extra testosterone in women or extra estrogen in males turns either homosexual.
Otherwise, every woman who's gone through menopause would be a flaming lesbian.