Carol Platt Liebau: Brain Chemistry, Sex and the Sexes

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Brain Chemistry, Sex and the Sexes

Here is a piece from the New York Times, indicating that sexual preferences are, for the most part, genetically determined. Obviously, the intent of the piece is clear -- to elicit sympathy for gay rights by suggesting that homosexuality as genetically hard-wired as, say, eye color.

There's no doubt, as I've written before, that gays carry the full weight of God's glory, and if they are sinners, well, so are the rest of us. Even so, it's likewise worth pointing out that there are other types of behavior that have a genetic component -- and yet society doesn't hesitate to object to them when and if they are harmful to a culture as a whole. This isn't to equate homosexuality with other, obviously undesirable sexual behaviors like pedophilia or undesirable tendencies generally, like a predisposition to alcoholism. Rather, the point is that identifying a genetic predisposition to a particular form of behavior isn't game/set/match when it comes to evaluating how much social support that behavior should have (although, again, everyone is entitled to respect and compassion on a personal level).

The linked piece likewise includes this intriguing admission:

It is a misconception that the differences between men’s and women’s brains are small or erratic or found only in a few extreme cases, Dr. Larry Cahill of the University of California, Irvine, wrote last year in Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

Question: Why is it OK to discuss brain chemistry differences as they pertain to the sexes in the context of homosexuality or sexual behavior -- but then the radical feminist claim that men and women are essentially the same is accepted so uncritically so often by so much of the elite media?


Blogger Earth to Carol said...

When did you Carol decide to lead a heterosexual lifestyle instead of a homosexual one? Do you struggle with your choice every day? Did you chose heterosexuality because of how society would treat you?

10:33 AM  
Blogger JohnnyT. said...

The whole effort here is to remove morality as a choice. If there's a genetic predisposition then nobody is personally responsible for controlling their actions. Maybe people do not have to act on every thought, tendency, or desire that comes into their brain. God made us to need Him and pray to be led from temptation. There are many pits along the path of life for a Human Being to fall into. Sexual deviancy is just one. The effort is to have society cover up the sins instead of taking it to Jesus.

10:14 PM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

Judaism teaches us that we are given free will so that we can choose between good and evil.

Judaism also teaches that the sin is not in the thought but the action.

ETC, we struggle with these decisions every day. It is only by our faith that we can survive. There is an excellent book about this topic - The Bible.

9:59 PM  

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