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Apr 24, 2007, 05:59 PM
 
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Older brothers and the odds of being gay. For answers, have a look in the womb.


While some scientists search frantically for "gay" genes, a University of Toronto researcher has discovered a hitherto unsuspected contributor to male sexual orientation: having lots of older brothers.


Interesting theory. I've got 3 older brothers (all straight) and I'm gay. Anyone else?
     
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Apr 24, 2007, 06:06 PM
 
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Apr 24, 2007, 06:07 PM
 
Yes, I've heard of this. It's an interesting argument for evolution trying to prevent overpopulation.
     
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Apr 24, 2007, 08:29 PM
 
Five older brothers. I'm sixth and straight. But I am a sex maniac. I think because I was breast fed.
     
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Nope. Didn't happen. Next question?

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Apr 24, 2007, 09:02 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dakarʒ View Post
Yes, I've heard of this. It's an interesting argument for evolution trying to prevent overpopulation.
It's been a while since my biology classes, but I don't understand how that argument would work. You're saying that there would be a selective pressure for a gene that only affected younger siblings with older brothers? I don't think so...
     
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Apr 24, 2007, 09:09 PM
 
My wife's cousin is gay. He is the youngest of four brothers.

The theory seems plausible. There is definitely something about having a male child that can affect the fetal development of subsequent children. Miscarriage rates are higher after a mother has a male child.
     
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Apr 24, 2007, 10:08 PM
 
I am the second of six brothers... none gay.
     
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Apr 24, 2007, 10:15 PM
 
Eldest of 3, one brother and one sister. I'm gay, siblings are straight.
     
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Apr 24, 2007, 10:30 PM
 
Originally Posted by Dakarʒ View Post
Yes, I've heard of this. It's an interesting argument for evolution trying to prevent overpopulation.
Originally Posted by peeb View Post
It's been a while since my biology classes, but I don't understand how that argument would work. You're saying that there would be a selective pressure for a gene that only affected younger siblings with older brothers? I don't think so...
Evolutions has created many techniques for regulating population, including frogs that can change their sex when there is a need. This would have to be among the most elaborate, but it would work.

I have a friend who is gay and the youngest of six with two older brothers. The siblings are all straight. Not surprisingly, he is the only one without offspring.
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Apr 24, 2007, 10:30 PM
 
I am the youngest, but there's only two of us, and my older brother isn't gay.

There's only one gay relative that I know of. My dad's sister had a sex change and became my dad's brother. He[she] is married.
     
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Apr 25, 2007, 12:16 AM
 
The best way to settle this issue is clearly with a sample of about 12 carefully controlled Mac users.
     
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Apr 25, 2007, 12:42 AM
 
hmmm. i'm not sure of this older brother theory, but I did always think it was genetics. I know a family where the eldest is a female (gay), second eldest is a male (gay), and they have three younger siblings (sexual orientation not yet discovered, as they are too young ).
     
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Apr 25, 2007, 02:09 AM
 
Actually the Jewish media made me gay, via television programs such as "The Real World" and "Sesame Street".
     
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Originally Posted by Kerrigan View Post
Actually the Jewish media made me gay, via television programs such as "The Real World" and "Sesame Street".
Bert and Ernie? Complete homos.
     
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Originally Posted by Gossamer View Post
Bert and Ernie? Complete homos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TeNdsoCIgc
     
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Originally Posted by Angus_D View Post
I was hoping for this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVqSaJqkTPo
     
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Apr 25, 2007, 10:11 AM
 
One of them better be Family Guy.
     
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Apr 25, 2007, 10:19 AM
 
I doubt this claim has much statistical support. Large families with many sons used to be much more common. Farm families are still large. Orthodox rabbis have many sons (on average). Mormon families have many sons on average. I don't see any greater incidence of homosexuality in any of those examples.
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Originally Posted by Gossamer View Post
I was hoping for this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVqSaJqkTPo
Originally Posted by Dakarʒ View Post
One of them better be Family Guy.
Bingo.
     
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Originally Posted by Mithras View Post
The best way to settle this issue is clearly with a sample of about 12 carefully controlled Mac users.
LOL!
     
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Apr 25, 2007, 11:02 AM
 
I'm the older brother and the gay one. My sister is straight.
     
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Apr 25, 2007, 11:51 AM
 
I'm an only child and gay.

My bf is the youngest of 3 brothers and gay.

Most of my gay friends are the oldest brother.



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Apr 25, 2007, 12:05 PM
 
I'm the youngest of 3, one brother, one sister...all straight.

I have a gay cousin who is the middle child of three (all guys), and my wife's uncle is gay (youngest of two boys).

I've never heard of this before.
     
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Originally Posted by peeb View Post
It's been a while since my biology classes, but I don't understand how that argument would work. You're saying that there would be a selective pressure for a gene that only affected younger siblings with older brothers? I don't think so...
I tend to agree with you, which is why I suspect this theory to be loudly denounced in the gay community: it points to a case where the "gay gene" theory doesn't hold.
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Apr 25, 2007, 12:30 PM
 
To be honest most gay people I know are always the oldest of the siblings.
     
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Originally Posted by Millennium View Post
I tend to agree with you, which is why I suspect this theory to be loudly denounced in the gay community: it points to a case where the "gay gene" theory doesn't hold.
It'll be denounced by anyone with any amount of brains, because it's total BS
     
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Apr 25, 2007, 12:35 PM
 
Originally Posted by peeb View Post
It's been a while since my biology classes, but I don't understand how that argument would work. You're saying that there would be a selective pressure for a gene that only affected younger siblings with older brothers? I don't think so...
I'm not saying anything for or against it. Just putting it out there.
     
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Apr 25, 2007, 03:41 PM
 
My father was the middle of three boys and gay.

His widower was the second youngest of six boys. Also, the oldest brother was gay.
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Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
My father was the middle of three boys and gay.

His widower was the second youngest of six boys. Also, the oldest brother was gay.
In Northern LA?
     
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My dad was from LA. His husband is from Nor Cal.
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LA the state or LA the city in Cali?
     
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This isn't supposed to be a politically inflammatory comment, so try not to take it that way -- but I've noticed that among conservatives and religious types, homosexuality is thought to be lying just beneath the surface. It's something within all of us that can be triggered by bad decisions, media influences, moral decay, etc. In other words, everyone is at significant risk of becoming gay if they make a false step, and yet homosexuality is supposed to be so alien and contrary to nature. A weird paradox.
     
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Boy this "evolution" is sure smart. Like it was a thinking entity.
     
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Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
Boy this "evolution" is sure smart. Like it was a thinking entity.
The theory sounds plausible that cells can remember these things and change accordingly, however, statistics will kill this particular theory.
     
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Maybe in the dissenting cases, there was marijuana use, resulting in memory-loss for the cells involved.
     
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Originally Posted by Dakarʒ View Post
Maybe in the dissenting cases, there was marijuana use, resulting in memory-loss for the cells involved.
Or maybe there were multiple unknown miscarriages beforehand, all male fetuses of course Allowing for multiple older siblings unbeknownst to anyone else.
     
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Apr 26, 2007, 03:06 PM
 
That's a theory for a completely different situation than the one I'm trying to explain.

But I like it.
     
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Originally Posted by Rumor View Post
My dad was from LA. His husband is from Nor Cal.
Knowing this region, I'd say your dad probably had a hard time.
     
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Originally Posted by kmkkid View Post
The theory sounds plausible that cells can remember these things and change accordingly, however, statistics will kill this particular theory.
Wasn't meaning for my post to be taken seriously....
     
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2 older sisters - straight

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Originally Posted by Kerrigan View Post
This isn't supposed to be a politically inflammatory comment, so try not to take it that way -- but I've noticed that among conservatives and religious types, homosexuality is thought to be lying just beneath the surface. It's something within all of us that can be triggered by bad decisions, media influences, moral decay, etc. In other words, everyone is at significant risk of becoming gay if they make a false step, and yet homosexuality is supposed to be so alien and contrary to nature. A weird paradox.
It probably arises in part because many extreme homophobes are deeply closeted, self-denying gays. For them, it really is lying beneath the surface.
As for the role of genetics in gender identity, just remember these words of wisdom:
"Heredity means if your grandfather didn't have any children and your father didn't have any children, then you won't have any, either."
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