BerberKnight said[quote][cite]JBE60 said[/cite]I read about something similar to this a long time ago in the book "brain sex". The brain of the fetus is "feminine" and is masculinized by the release of hormones by the mother while the fetus is developing. A whole series of factors can influence the release of the hormones including stress, age of the mother, etc.. This study supports what has been strongly suspected for some time. In "Brain Sex" they pointed to a study of gay men that were in utero during the allied bombing of Germany during WWII. A higher proportion of male births seemed to be of gay men.
People get confused between genetics and what happens in the womb. I think what Zakariahzol is referring to is genetics. Just because your parents and your grandparents or their siblings are straight, does not really mean anything.
My grand-mother was exposed to a tremendous amount of stress during the Algerian war against France, but all her 13 children are all straight. On the other hand, my own mother had been exposed to a tremendous amount of stress as well while being pregnant of me and 2 of my half-brothers. All 3 of us have more or less gay tendencies.
If the stress theory is accurate, then why all my uncles and ants are straight?
I believe my 2 half-brothers and I are not really straight because of our upbringing; deceased father and absentee/abusive mother in my case - absentee father and mother for my half-brothers' (mom divorced their dad before marrying mine)[/quote]
Because stress does not necessarily impact women the same way. I am sure there are other factors at play including the age of the mother as well as some genetic factors.
The likely conclusion remains the same though. People are born with a certain sexual orientation whether it be straight or gay, or somewhere in between. I wouldn't be surprised if pedophilia (attracted to children)is present at birth as well.
In the long-run though it does not matter. What should matter is giving two consenting adults the freedom to have sex with each other regardless of gender.