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Monday, June 26, 2006

So It Wasn’t My Mother After All…

Posted by on June 26 at 13:45 PM

I have two older brothers. It now appears that they, and not my mother, made me gay. Thanks, Billy & Eddie!

Ten years ago researchers made the startling discovery that the more elder brothers a boy has, the greater chance he has of being homosexual. For each additional brother that precedes him, a boy’s likelihood of growing up gay increases by a third.

At the time it was speculated that this was because boys with elder brothers are psychologically affected by their family dynamics in a way that influences sexual orientation.

But new research published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows this is not the case.

The link between fraternal birth order (FBO) and being gay only exists when brothers have the same biological mother. Having older adopted or stepbrothers with a different mother made no difference to whether a boy turned out gay or straight. However, brothers sharing the same mother but raised in a separate family still exerted an influence.

We can add this new info to the growing mountain of evidence that homosexuality is an in-born trait, and not some sort of cocksucking temper tantrum. It won’t satisfy the religous bigots, of course, but it will hopefully give pause to fundies who have large families. The more boys “God gives you,” the likelier it becomes that God is gonna give you a gay boy.


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OMG! I have two older brothers! Does that mean what I think it means?!?!!?

Sorry, Mike: Yes. Time to turn over the keys to the Pussywagon. We'll take your Ladykiller badge now also, thanks.

But I don't have any brothers at all!!!Why do I like cock so much?!?!?!

I always thought you were, you know, one of us, Mike.

I have three older brothers, and after 30-plus years of smoking dick, I think I'm pretty gay.

I find this hypothesis to play out very accurately in both my and my wife's families. Both of us have gay uncles and both of them are the youngest males from large families (6 kids each).

That's completely ridiculous...

I think the observation is interesting but the conclusion is...well...retarded. Somehow the more males carried in the womb sucks out the 'straightness' in 3% of births? That's online with the earth being the center of the universe because we can see the sun move.

However, it's a great way to combat population growth in red states. Fear based science to out breed social conservatives. Awesome.

The more boys "God gives you," the likelier it becomes that God is gonna give you a gay boy.


Given that each boy has some chance of being gay, what you say is tautologically true. What is more interesting is that "The more boys 'God gives you,' the likelier it becomes that each successive boy will be a gay boy."

In my family the only identifiably gay man was the oldest brother of three, not the youngest. Small Sample Size Theater.

Here's an idea: it's not the birth order per se but a related cause closely correlated to birth order. My candidate is maternal stress. The more kids, the more maternal stress. The presence of stressed out moms would also explain a lot of the pyschology of the mother/son relationship that often goes along with a gay son. It makes biological sense too. If mummie is stressed out because the environment is tough, having a non-reproducing offspring to help support the family would make sense.
So maybe it turns out that mother did make you gay, by being psychotic while carrying you.

Dumb study with stupid conclusions.

Dan: well, kinda...

Correlation is not causation. I have seven older brothers, which means the brother nearest me in age has six older brothers. He's straight. All my brothers are straight. Boring bunch.

I, on the other hand, am bisexual, but I'm also female. No conclusions can be drawn from any of this.

That sure explains all the gay Mormons! ;-p

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