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Is homosexuality a disease?
by Asa Butcher
Issue 16
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Canadian scientists announced a few weeks ago that a man's sexual orientation may be determined by conditions in the womb, which asserts that biological and not social factors make men gay. When you read about a research study such as this you begin to question the scientists' motives because it makes homosexuality sound like a disease that needs a cure.

What does it matter if our sexuality is decided by the "maternal memory" that these scientists claim or if our mother enjoyed a cheese sandwich while we were developing in the womb? Will the gay community be happier to know that their lifestyle choice is due to genetics of cheddar? Will it give them strength to fight the prejudice or will it give the prejudiced groups more ammunition against them?

Labelling it "maternal memory" has merely given this discovery a name, but it sounds like a polite name for a disease. Now the name and cause has been given perhaps scientists can start work on a 'cure' that will allow parents to avoid the horror of having a gay child, "Two tablets a day, Mrs Brown, and your baby boy will grow up to be a real Casanova."

Research is all very well, but what message does it send that the cause of homosexuality needs to be examined. Thank goodness being gay isn't contagious or gay communities may find themselves under quarantine. How many researchers are questioning what makes the majority of the population heterosexual?

Following the announcement of these findings, a spokesman for gay rights group Stonewall commented, "It adds further weight to the argument that lesbian and gay people should be treated equally in society and not discriminated against for something that's just as inherent as skin colour."

These studies do not treat them equally, despite the good intentions behind them. "You're gay? Oh, I don't mind! I read a study that says a woman's body sees a male foetus as foreign and this sometimes prompts an immune reaction making you gay. You had no control over your mother's body rejecting you…at least you can be happy that I am accepting you now."

'Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.' - George Bernard Shaw.

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