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Bering in Mind

DOMA’s Demise and Sexual Deviants: What’s at the Bottom of the “Slippery Slope”?

One thing that may get easily overlooked in the recent SCOTUS decision to shoot down DOMA is the fact that, for first time ever, the federal government’s view of gay couples is finally in line with that of the vast majority of the word’s mental health experts. The American Psychiatric Association, for example, isn’t without its [...]

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Bering in Mind

Morality Stinks (Especially If You’re Gay)

There are very few things that I can complain about regarding my childhood. I had wonderful parents. Lovely people, really. And this makes their heinous breach of parental olfactory responsibilities all the more incomprehensible. You remember Pig-Pen in the Peanuts cartoons? That was me. I think you can even make out the haze of stink [...]

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Bering in Mind

The End of Gays: Gay Marriage and the Decline of the Homosexual Population

It is admittedly odd to think that a progressive, humanitarian shift in attitudes toward gays and lesbians might lead, ironically, to a noticeable decline in the homosexual population. Yet this is precisely what I predict will happen over the very long course of natural selection should the societal-level normalization of adult homosexual relationships, such as [...]

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Bering in Mind

Homophobia Phobia: Bad Science or Bad Science Comprehension?

Two columns ago, I discussed evolutionary psychologist Gordon Gallup’s theory about the possible adaptive function of homophobia, or, more broadly defined, negative attitudes toward gay people. Central to his position—which, he assures me, has not since wavered—is that homophobic responses "are proportional to the extent to which the homosexual [is] in a position that might [...]

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Bering in Mind

Natural homophobes? Evolutionary psychology and antigay attitudes

Consider this a warning: the theory I’m about to describe is likely to boil untold liters of blood and prompt mountains of angry fists to clench in revolt. It’s the best—the kindest—of you out there likely to get the most upset, too. I’d like to think of myself as being in that category, at least, [...]

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Bering in Mind

God’s little rabbits: Religious people out-reproduce secular ones by a landslide

What’s that famous quote, by Edna St. Vincent Millay? Oh, yes: "I love humanity but I hate people." It’s a sentiment that captures my normal misanthropically tinged type of humanitarianism well, but it roars apropos on some particular occasions. For example, making conversation at the pizza shop in my small village in Northern Ireland one [...]

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Cross-Check

Queer notions: How Christian homophobes misuse my “gay gene” report

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Good news is rare these days, so I’d like to take a moment to celebrate last week’s decision by a federal judge that Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. That’s the news hook for my main topic: the misuse of my writings by religious fundamentalists. To my dismay, some Christians embraced The [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Controversial Toronto Zoo Penguins Not Gay after All?

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What a difference a year makes. Last November, two male African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) living at the Toronto Zoo made worldwide headlines after they took more interest in each other than in members of the opposite sex. Considering the penguins—Pedro and Buddy—were brought to the zoo for breeding purposes, it posed quite the conundrum for [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Gay ducks derail repopulation plan

Why are all the good blue ducks gay? That’s what Cherry, the last remaining lass of her kind in England, may be asking herself after two male prospects that might have helped her perpetuate the species fell for one another instead of for her. "They stay together all the time, parading up and down their [...]

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Guest Blog

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Natural Selection and Evolution, with a Key to Many Complicating Factors

June is Pride Month in the United States, and in communities across the country, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Americans are celebrating with carnivals, parades, and marches. Pride is a rebuke to the shame and marginalization many LGBT people face growing up, and a celebration of the freedoms we’ve won since the days when our [...]

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Not bad science

Homosexuality in Female Beetles, and What We Can Learn from It

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With the historic supreme court hearings this week, there has been much discussion about homosexuality*. One of the ‘arguments’ that you often hear from the anti-gay rights side is that being gay isn’t natural. Evidence from the animal kingdom would refute this however, as same-sex behaviour is common and found in many different animals. There’s [...]

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Symbiartic

Is Homosexuality Natural? Yes. So is male lactation.

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As Gwenn Seemel points out in her richly illustrated book, Crime Against Nature, the non-human animal kingdom is chock-full of examples that challenge many of our deeply held beliefs about what is “natural” behavior in everything from sexual preference to lifestyle choices to gender roles and even gender identity. A third gender, male pregnancy and [...]

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