Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The biology of heterosexual desire and "family behavior" implies a lot about immutability of sexual orientation


Louann Brizendene has a detailed op-ed on CNN, “Love, sex and the male brain”, here. She makes a lot of blunt observations.  During the teen years, men’s testosterone level rises 20-fold, causing them to “notice” female body parts and desire their reproductive potential.  But once a man has a pregnant partner, pheromones from her cause his testosterone levels to drop so that he will become more domesticated and help build the nest.

What happens if he is in a household with a pregnant woman with someone else’s child?   (Is that why Sonny loses his chest hair on “Days of our Lives” when living with Will and Gabi, and their biological daughter?  Remember, Sonny delivered the daughter in an emergency. Now that Will is gone for a while in LA, Sonny’s chest hair grew back.)

What happens to professional baseball and football players if their testosterone levels drop during a domestic cycle?  Does that help explain losing streaks?

Normally, in the past, most gay men did not have pregnant female partners to develop the testosterone loss – an observation that the Family Research Council cited in opposing gay marriage.
With things explains so biologically in this article, what does happen in the development of gay men? 

Also, boys differentiate in strength and athletic performance even before teen years, before the hormone levels shoot up. 
  
Further, girls mature biologically sooner than boys.  But what happens with lesbians? 

It seems that hormonal development is indeed biological, yet the purposes one attaches it to can be personally chosen, and can reflect many other prejudices.  


 Second picture: the aliens spaceships from my novel "Angel's Brother".  A movie maybe? 

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