Re: Disorders (Was: Re: Are guns extropian?)

den Otter (
Sat, 11 Jul 1998 20:21:15 +0200

Bradley Felton wrote:
> At 01:49 PM 7/11/98 +0200, den Otter wrote:
> >Strictly speaking homosexuality *is* of course a mental/genetic
> >disorder/abnormality (it's a glitch that prevents reproduction). The
> >important point is, however, whether it is a "bad" disorder, being
> >harmful to the carrier and/or society.
> Speaking even more strictly, the discovery of genes associated with male
> homosexuality means that it is not a genetic glitch that prevents
> reproduction. The glitch that prevents reproduction seems to be a modern
> memetic one, which encourages gays to "come out of the closet" instead of
> trying to "act normally" by having girlfriends, marrying, etc.

So it *is* a genetic glitch which would normally prevent reproduction, but it [the gen glitch] was/is suppressed by intolerant societies that force gays to "keep up appearances" by marrying, having kids etc.). In *liberal* societies "nature can take its course", and reproduction is generally prevented since the gay person is not forced to mate with the opposite sex, and doesn't feel the biological urge to do so.