Numbers Don't Lie

Monday, July 24, 2006

Having Older Brothers Increases a Man's Odds of Being Gay

The overall rate of homosexuality in men is about 3%. If men are with several older brothers the rate may increase from 3% to 5%. Is it the social or rearing factors that influence a man's sexual orientation? or rather prenatal mechanisms that begin in the womb?
A recent study by Anthony F. Bogaert of Brock University in St. Catharines, Canadan, has confirmed that this is the prenatal effect, not social. One theory suggests that after delivering a boy, a woman's immune system produces antibodies to male-specific proteins. During subsequent pregnancies the mother's placenta may deliver the antibodies to the fetus, possibly affecting its development.



Blogger Scottish Lad said...

So it's WOMEN we have to blame for all the gay men?

Not that i have anything against gay men..."live and let live" that's what i say..

Poor women, they seem to get the blame for evertything nowadays!!

10:24 AM

Blogger Jeans Pants said...

It would appear that you're new to the blog world. Keep it up. So far I like what you have to say.

11:02 AM

Blogger Jeans Pants said...

I take back what I just wrote about being new to the blog world. I saw you had an archive section =0)

11:04 AM

Blogger Ben said...

Women and their damn antibodies!

8:31 PM

Blogger Tacky said...

Scottish lad, if you really didn't have anything against gay men you would employ the "blame" paradigm.

Also, I'd like to note that this study didn't *confirm* a causality between homosexuality and having older brothers--it simply showed a correlation. Plenty of counterexamples were provided, so it couldn't be something as mechanical as you suggest or it would hold true in all cases.

11:43 AM

Blogger Justin said...

I believe that drinking Homo milk increases a man's odds in being gay.

4:27 AM


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