Re: Gay Extropians!!!

From: Alex Future Bokov (
Date: Sat Oct 07 2000 - 14:08:35 MDT


On Sat, 7 Oct 2000, J. R. Molloy wrote:

> : "Alex Future Bokov" says,
> > There is accumulating evidence that homosexuality has a biological component.
> Please cite references (which haven't yet been debunked).

This is not really my field of interest, but a simple thought
experiment should be a good start. Could I stop being straight if I
wanted to? Nope. Maybe swing both ways somewhat, but unless I get some
female, um, companionship now and then, I'm not completely fulfilled.
Can you stop being gay if you wanted to? I would guess nope and ditto
but you tell me.

I understand the reluctance to entertain the possibity that homosexuality
has a biological component. That implies that all those creepy evolutionary
psychologists have been more right than we like to admit and gender isn't
as much of a social construct was we would like it to be. On the other hand,
that cuts both ways. If homosexuality is biological, then hating and oppressing
homosexuals becomes more akin to hating and oppressing asians or diabetics or
people with green eyes rather than hating and oppressing punk-rockers,
body piercing afficionados, and Jerry Lewis fans. Homosexuality becomes
a component of you rather than a lifestyle choice.

Anyway, since you asked, my next message to this list is going to be sixteen
abstracts and/or references to journal articles published since 1990 and
retrieved via All those of you who aren't interested
in this issue, be warned-- it's going to be a looong message.

As I said, this isn't really my field, so I don't know how many of
these have been 'debunked'. I do think that the X-chromosome sattelite
theory may have been... someone who is curious about the question could
pursue it further by repeating my WebOfScience query and then
forward-tracking these citations to even more recent articles that
reference *them* (Isn't science cool? They invented a paper-n-ink
usenet almost two centuries before the electronic version came along)

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