Caveat Emptor

23 Aug

Ethics and Public Policy Center, 22 August 2016

“According to a new report, scientific evidence fails to support the “born that way” theory of sexual orientation. In addition, there is “no evidence” that “all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender,” the findings state.”


This work, by Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh, both of Johns Hopkins University, is a good example of how people criticizing transgenderism can hold views dangerous to homosexuals. There are strong suggestions here that the authors view homosexuality to be some sort of aberration.

“Myth 1: Science proves that homosexuality and other forms of sexual orientation are biologically based (the “born that way” theory).

The authors reviewed several possible explanations for the “born that way” hypothesis, including genetics, exposure to prenatal hormones and neurobiological differences. They argue that science is not settled when it comes to understanding the origins of sexual attraction, sexual desires and sexual behaviors. In fact, the authors note, a scientific explanation of “sexual orientation” is problematic because the term “sexual orientation” means widely different things — sexual desire, sexual attraction, patterns of sexual behavior — to different people and therefore is hard to measure accurately.

In addition, by presuming that sexual orientation is rooted in genetics, researchers or clinicians may miss other relevant factors — including, for example, childhood physical or sexual abuse, which is experienced in disproportionately high numbers by nonheterosexuals. Moreover, if nonheterosexual desires, preferences and behavior were indeed biological, one might expect them to remain fixed throughout a person’s life. Instead, “there is now considerable scientific evidence that sexual desires, attractions, behaviors and even identities can, and sometimes do, change over time.” Adolescents especially exhibit fluidity of sexual desire, although the authors note “opposite-sex attraction and identity seem to be more stable than same-sex or bisexual attraction and identity.”

New study refutes LGBT ‘born that way’ theory, ‘transgender’ labels for children

2 Responses to “Caveat Emptor”

  1. Mary Smith 2016/08/23 at 3:39 pm #

    McHugh is gross he argued that gay marriage should be allowed cause homosexuality is not innate and therefor not a protected class. He also is paid by the Vatican to help get pedo priests off by being an expert witness on False Memory Syndrome, is anti abortion and is linked death of Dr Tiller, and he never mentions that gnc kids are most likely to grow up to be gay and lesbian. But a lot of radfems love to post shit by him just because he’s anti trans which will never cease to annoy and disturb me.

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    • Miep 2016/08/23 at 4:04 pm #

      It’s a debate that caught my interest when you first brought it up, whether the ends justifies the means when promoting homophobic criticism of transgenderism. I still am disinclined to tell people not to do it, but I think it’s very important to acknowledge that these people are not allies, whatever you decide. Promoting McHugh et al without also including a caveat about their dangerous social conservatism is simply dishonest.

      I posted this to draw attention to this problematic contradiction. In some countries, conservatives punish homosexuality with transgenderism, in this one, homosexuality is increasingly being treated with transgenderism, except here it’s being pushed by people we call “liberals,” and the conservatives don’t want anything to do with any of it. They are more inclined to repress homosexuality than transgender homosexuals. So it’s not surprising that people get confused.

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