As many people would already know, our physical and some of our behavioral characteristics are inherited from our parents. With this in mind, it might seem reasonable to believe that a homosexual’s sexual orientation must also be inherited from a parent; until, of course, you realize that a true homosexual cannot reproduce (by natural means) because he/she is incapable of being aroused by the opposite gender. This raises the question, if the very first (and any subsequent, for that matter) homosexual could not have babies, then how was it possible that homosexuals were born throughout the ages, including our own age?
Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to that question; scientists don’t really know the answer either. Heredity, it seems, just won’t let homosexuality exist, yet, somehow, we apparently witness homosexuality around us.
If you are confused by now, just remember that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about because this topic becomes even more confusing when you try figure out nature’s intention for homosexuality. Let me explain, the obvious point of nature having heterosexuals is to make babies so that life will continue on Earth, indefinitely – at least, this is what seems logical enough. Homosexuality, on the other hand, neither creates new life nor does it seem to add any additional benefit to life. This enigma of homosexuality (see Figure 2.1) seems to sit in contrast with everything else in nature and thus, further puzzles scientists in this field of study.
Alas, this incompatibility between heredity and homosexuality exposes the over-looked truth that it is time to rethink how we perceive sexuality. In other words, it’s time to admit that there is no such thing as homosexuality and therefore, no such thing as the complementary orientations – typically known as heterosexuality and bisexuality, etc. Instead, society needs to rethink its understanding of sexuality so that it may have a truly scientifically sound understanding of what people (and animals) are experiencing when they feel sexually aroused. As I mentioned in my previous post, I have gone through this extra step for you and will present my ideas as soon as I run through some things I believe you should know first.
I’ll be back soon …
J. Roughgarden, Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People, University of California Press, Los Angeles, 2004, pp. 171-172, 153-155.
J. McKnight, Straight Science?: Homosexuality, Evolution and Adaptation, Routledge, London, 1997, pp. x, 1.
C. Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1860, pp. 83-85.