Why, then, do some men who have sex with men identify as gay, and others identify as heterosexual? In fact there are more pressing problems that I would like to see addressed, such as the inadequate research on female sexuality. Genes could themselves nudge one towards a particular sexual orientation or genes may simply interact with other environmental factors such as sex hormones in the womb environment to influence later sexual orientation. For example, girls born with congenital adrenal hyperplasia CAHwhich results in naturally increased levels of male sex hormones, show relatively high rates of same-sex attractions as adults. Remember, sexual orientation is a pattern of desire, not of behaviour or sexual acts per se.
These desires suggested to me a queer identity, which I at first reluctantly accepted and then passionately embraced.
'Gay genes': science is on the right track, we're born this way. Let’s deal with it.
View image of Credit: He Tweets as BrandonAmbro. Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires. But not everyone finds the results convincing, according to Science. For example patterns of brain organisation appear similar between gay men and heterosexual women and between lesbian women and heterosexual men. Why, then, do some men who have sex with men identify as gay, and others identify as heterosexual?
In fact, the homophobic and non-homophobic respondents he studied shared similar levels of belief in a Born This Way ideology. Finally, I would argue that the Born This Way narrative can actively damage our perceptions of ourselves. He then recruited 40 pairs of gay brothers and got to work. All of our desires are continually being shaped throughout our lives, in the very specific contexts in which we discover and rehearse them. The brains of gay and heterosexual people also appear to be organised differently.