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Monday, June 16, 2008

This Is Why ECB and I Get On So Well

posted by on June 16 at 10:36 AM

MRI and PET scan studies are showing remarkable similarities between the brains of gay men and straight women, and between those of lesbians and straight men.

For example, the brains of straight men and of gay women share certain common features: both are slightly asymmetric, with the right hemisphere larger than the left, say the Swedish researchers. On the other hand, the brains of gay men and straight women are both symmetrical.

Similar trends emerged when scientists tracked connectivity in the amygdala, the region of the brain involved in emotional learning and in activating the fight-or-flight response. They noted strong similarities between gay men and straight women, and lesbians and straight men.

The findings are published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Interesting. But, what's it all mean in regards to how the brains of gay men function? Dear Science podcast?

Posted by James | June 16, 2008 10:47 AM

Is this biological determinism also why your politics seem to dovetail so often with a revised version of social darwinism?

Posted by wf | June 16, 2008 10:53 AM

Does this mean you watched the Tony awards together?

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | June 16, 2008 10:57 AM

then why don't lesbians like straight guys as much as fags & hags? i mean, some do, but there's been some... general hostility out there.

Posted by max solomon | June 16, 2008 11:03 AM

Indeed. I have never understood what is so pleasing about research that supports biological determinism. When they find a data point that says you are free to live how you wish, it doesn't seem to generate banner headlines.

Posted by elenchos | June 16, 2008 11:03 AM

ok, so then what explains your soft spot for charles?

Posted by ellarosa | June 16, 2008 11:12 AM

This may explain why I tend to get along well with lesbians, then? (middle-aged lesbians, anyway)

Posted by Hernandez | June 16, 2008 11:34 AM

Where's Bellevue Ave to say this to Dan?

long quote, short commentary, typical ECB. Are you incapable of doing something that involves more action than checking your RSS feeds, copying and pasting? Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 13, 2008 11:20 AM
Posted by Julie | June 16, 2008 11:40 AM

I'm a straight male, and I love ECB. Even when I disagree with her (fairly often, actually), I think it's great that she posts and takes no shit. I've yelled at the screen when reading some of her posts that pissed me off, but I would never post a comment like some of the rank, vile, putrid, puss of words that some assholes here squirt out.

Keep going ECB, some of us don't say so very often, but you have fans.

Posted by MonkeyNose | June 16, 2008 11:46 AM

What a damning double standard you've discovered, Julie.

Posted by w7ngman | June 16, 2008 11:48 AM

Finally! This explains why I so enjoy doing manly things with my rat and rhesus monkey buddies.

Posted by saxfanatic | June 16, 2008 11:56 AM

I didn't realize my commentaries had been elevated to the level where they were worthy of critique themselves.

anyway, I think the more interesting point of this isn't that dan was lazy, but that dan and erica are lazy in the SAME WAY! JUST LIKE HE STATED WHY THERE MIGHT BE AN AFFINITY BETWEEN THEM!

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 16, 2008 12:04 PM

Whether brains are similar or not has absolutely nothing to do with getting along or having affinity for others with similar brain structures. Otherwise why would the vast vast majority of the relationships in the world be opposite sex heterosexual pairings?

Opposites attract has been proved over and over in a gazillion animal studies. Nice stab though.

Posted by Bob | June 16, 2008 12:18 PM

I think that ECB's posting today and yesterday has been some of her best work ever! I hope she keeps it up!

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | June 16, 2008 12:35 PM

I know I say it's the mind that attracts me ... but seriously, I'm sorry, but I'm only attracted to straight women, not gay men.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 16, 2008 12:38 PM

Who the hell is ECB?

Posted by None | June 16, 2008 12:53 PM

Finally, an explanation for "fag hags" and women's softball!

Posted by Vince | June 16, 2008 1:41 PM

I thought it was because you were on the same meds...

Posted by michael strangeways | June 16, 2008 2:01 PM


she's the Ecce to your Homo...

Posted by michael strangeways | June 16, 2008 2:02 PM

On a related note, if gay males function on similar wavelengths, and straight/males/females have differing brains, isn't it far easier to get along with your partner if you're gay?

Posted by Mr Fuzzy | June 16, 2008 2:11 PM

And what about the in-betweens? Were bisexuals carefully excluded from the study, or just presumed to be nonexistent? Assuming they were excluded, how were they defined? Kinsey number?

I wish sexuality were so black and white as to be easily studied this way.

It's still an interesting finding, though.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | June 16, 2008 2:19 PM

Well that's odd. I would have expected them to find that the left hemisphere is larger in straight men and gay women.

Posted by Greg | June 16, 2008 2:38 PM

Next, researchers find similarities in the brain size of gay men, straight women, and pedophiles. Stay tuned for more physiological bullshit data. Next week we find the gay DNA hidden in all of us.

Posted by robot2501 | June 16, 2008 9:07 PM

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