Considering an established study showing a correlation that the more older brothers you have the more likely you are to be gay...what birth order are you?

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    Jan 31, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    I'm the last of 8 kids with one older brother (he's no. 5)

    the link for a story about the study is here...
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/06/27/GAY.TMP
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    Jan 31, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    LOL. Depends on which side of the marriage you are looking at with me. From my mom's perspective I am only child because I am her only child. From at it from my father's, I am the middle child and the middle boy. My mom was his 2nd wife. He married a 3rd time. His first marriage produced a son, a daugher and a stepson who was later adopted. 2nd marriage me. 3rd marriage-twin boys and though I don't really know them, my older brother told me he suspected they are gay (both are in the military-Air Force and Marines).
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    Jan 31, 2011 6:27 AM GMT
    I guess I break the mold, I'm the oldest of 3 boys.
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    Jan 31, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidLOL. Depends on which side of the marriage you are looking at with me. From my mom's perspective I am only child because I am her only child. From at it from my father's, I am the middle child and the middle boy. My mom was his 2nd wife. He married a 3rd time. His first marriage produced a son, a daugher and a stepson who was later adopted. 2nd marriage me. 3rd marriage-twin boys and though I don't really know them, my older brother told me he suspected they are gay (both are in the military-Air Force and Marines).


    If I understand it correctly...the salient factor is birth order in relation to the mother...the theory is that the mother develops a reaction against carrying a fetus with a y chromosome and that bodily reaction somehow affects the sexual orientation of a percentage of the subsequent males.

    I'm sure this is merely one of many, many paths to a place called gay.
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    Jan 31, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    I have one older brother, one older sister. I'm the youngest.
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    Jan 31, 2011 6:57 AM GMT
    I'm my Mother's Eldest.
  • Webster666

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    Jan 31, 2011 7:39 AM GMT
    That makes no sense.
    BTW, I have no older brothers.
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    Jan 31, 2011 7:41 AM GMT
    Oldest of 3 boys!
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    Jan 31, 2011 11:30 AM GMT
    middle of 5, one older brother (who is the oldest of the 5)
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    Jan 31, 2011 11:35 AM GMT
    Youngest and I only have an older sister.


    Poor Duggar's though. XD
  • offshore

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    Jan 31, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    I'm the #1 and the only 1, and I'm a raging homosexual icon_biggrin.gif.

    What kind of study is that?
  • DiverScience

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    Jan 31, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    I'm the first of two, he's quite straight.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:08 PM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidLOL. Depends on which side of the marriage you are looking at with me. From my mom's perspective I am only child because I am her only child. From at it from my father's, I am the middle child and the middle boy. My mom was his 2nd wife. He married a 3rd time. His first marriage produced a son, a daugher and a stepson who was later adopted. 2nd marriage me. 3rd marriage-twin boys and though I don't really know them, my older brother told me he suspected they are gay (both are in the military-Air Force and Marines).


    The important side would be your mother's, since the theory is it's an increase in androgen in the womb.

    For others, note that this, like most factors they've discovered, is a probability, not an absolute. It's not as simple as one on/off gene like hitchiker thumb, or even probably as simple as a couple of on/off genes like hair color. There are a bunch of factors, and each one bumps you up or down the curve, probably something similar to a bistable system. Enough factors to push you far enough in one direction, whatever subset of factors that is, and the system "pops" (mathematically speaking) into one sexuality of the other.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jan 31, 2011 1:18 PM GMT
    youngest of identical twins. my bro is six minutes older.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:24 PM GMT
    I'm the eldest of 3 boys (one older sister).
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    0 brothers, two sisters, adopted and I know birth mother has one daughter, so guess I am an odd ball to this study.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:26 PM GMT
    i'm the middle child. Older sis and younger bro..

    str8, bi, str8 ...
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    I'm the oldest of 5 brothers, all straight but me.
    Judging by the random sample in this thread the study seems bogus.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:34 PM GMT
    I'm also the oldest of five brothers.
  • Celticmusl

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    Jan 31, 2011 1:39 PM GMT
    Youngest with 4 older sisters, no brothers. I always thought I was gay because I was just sick of dealing with all these women.
  • fitdude62

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    Jan 31, 2011 1:47 PM GMT
    Oldest of 2, younger brother is straight but plays with guys when in groups....( closet bi?...lol)
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    I def am in the statistic: last of eight kids. Five brothers, two sisters.

    When I was growing up the response from the other kids was always "oh, you must be catholic." I don't think you'd hear that nowadays.
  • rnch

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    Jan 31, 2011 1:48 PM GMT
    i am the oldest of three boys; the other two are Hopeless Heteros.

    this "study" blows chunks in the Real World.
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    Jan 31, 2011 1:51 PM GMT
    One of the dumbest studies out there.
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    Jan 31, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    I remember hearing this report on NPR when it first came out.

    Too bad there wasn't more fuss about it. As far as I know, there is very little scientific research that explains homosexuality. A great defense against those who insist that being gay is a choice. I guess my parents had a "choice" when producing eight kids, but I certainly didn't choose my birth order. icon_smile.gif