> > It did surprise me a little that no one offered to challenge the
> > notion that sexual preferences are hardwired. If that is the case,
> > it is a sure bet that these hardwired-before-birth tastes can be
> > inherited, altho the exact mechanism remains mysterious.
> It's not a sure bet, it's speculation.
> The word notion is a good one. It is only a notion. It sounds good, but it is
> not for sure. Gays and Lesbians have been arguing over this issue for
> decades. Do we have ANY control over who we are attracted to? I say yes. You
> say no...
These numbers have been known for a long time, and many studies have
been repeated to verify them. Sexual preference is has a very strong
genetic component: In identical twins raised apart, if one is gay, there
is a 50% chance the other will be gay. This is as opposed to a chance
of about 2-3% in the general population.
Any time the "genetics vs. environment" questions come up, it's really
pointless to talk theory without looking at the many studies that have
already been done and the many specific numbers that have been measured
a long time ago. Actual measurements are infinitely superior to pretty
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