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.

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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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