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Well, maybe not ENTIRELY boring

Timothy Kincaid

June 13th, 2012

When you hear “but there’s no gay gene”, it can make you want to pull your hair out. Or, if as in my case you want to keep every last hair that you have, you want to go into excruciating detail as to exactly what science does or doesn’t say, what twin studies reveal, and lesbian auditory evoked potentials.

Instead, just refer them to this amusing and interesting primer from Ma. Isabel Garcia in the Philippine Star. The entire article is a joy, but here is the masterpiece ending paragraph.

Biodiversity is a concept that we are so eager to promote because we recognize that it faithfully reflects nature’s realities. But we cannot seem to readily think “diversity” when it comes to gender. Somehow, we become frugal and intellectually budgeted when we classify human genders that nature gives rise to. Most of us are limited to thinking only in binary gender denominations — male or female. If you want to look for gender, look at the person, inner and outer spaces, and put genitals in the bottom of your clues. The person will tell you rich, scrumptious tales. Genitals are boring.

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JesterKatz
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

“Nature loves diversity, society hates it” – Dr. Milton Diamond

I like this, it’s pathetic to deem who a person is merely by their genitals. People need to get their noses out of other people’s pants, and spot yelling at us to “act our gender”. And if I may add, no one has found a “straight gene” ether.

Mark Barton
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

I didn’t see a link so I googled:

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=816923&publicationSubCategoryId=75

Timothy Kincaid
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

Thanks Mark. Link added now.

(I do that far too often. I also forget to attach the attachments to emails before I hit “send” almost every time I send one. Someone could do a thesis on that, I’m sure.)

Randy
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

Great article. Still my favorite response to “but there is no gay gene, it must be a choice” is always “Did you pick your fingerprints?” After all science shows those are not encoded your DNA either.

MsRowena
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

I have always responded “I have the same rights regardless of whether it’s a choice or genetic.” I get a little antsy at the idea that somehow it’s okay to be gay if it’s an accident of birth but not okay if you deliberately chose it. I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who chose it, regardless, as opposed to it just being who you are. But I almost feel as if we’re playing “their” game when we let the argument be about choice or genetics as opposed to simply equality and equal treatment under the law.

Muscat
June 13th, 2012 | LINK

Heh.

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