Is MRSA the new HIV? Open Forum

Lots of buzz the last few days about an Annals of Internal Medicine article noting the increase in MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus) among gay men. MRSA is treatement resistent and is often referred to as a flesh eating bacteria since it can lead to necrotising fasciitis. The San Francisco Chronicle did a story about it that focused on the prevalence among gay men and especially the Castro district. Peter LaBarbera has sounded an alarm which attempts to elevate the issue to the level … [Read more...]

Bisexuality stable in women

Lisa Diamond is in the news again with an article in this month's Developmental Psychology regarding her longitudinal work with women.Here are a few quotes from the USA Today article: Being bisexual is a distinct orientation, not a temporary stage, says the study by Lisa Diamond, an associate professor of psychology and gender studies at the University of Utah. It is being published next week in the January issue of Developmental Psychology, a journal of the American Psychological … [Read more...]

So this fly goes into a bar…

Read this article and finish the sentence. I wonder if fruitflies talk about humans the way we talk about them. … [Read more...]

Year in review: Top Ten Stories from 2007

Since it was so much fun last year, I decided to compile a top ten list of stories of the year on the blog. Since I am the only voter, the list is subjective and regular readers might arrange them differently or think I should have included another story over one of these. The stories are arranged in the order of the interest they seemed to create here on the blog and elsewhere.1. APA Task Force on sexual orientation - I first reported here that the APA had convened a task force to review … [Read more...]

Same-sex marriage conversation: What do we know? Part 2

As Part 2 of my series on same-sex parenting research, I am posting the transcript of a presentation delivered at the Catholic University just over a year ago. A section on same-sex marriage was provided after Michael Bailey and prior to my speech at the same comference.(Quotes removed at the request of Brad Wilcox)Here is a more socially conservative scholar who comes to an assessment similar to Meezan and Rauch: we don't know much and not really enough.Some distinctions are arising … [Read more...]

An antiboy antibody? Problems for the "maternal immune hypothesis"

In June 2006, Anthony Bogaert released a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science which created a world wide buzz about a possible biological basis for the same-sex attraction of some men.A recent Journal of Biosocial Science article by Neil Whitehead takes on this hypothesis and finds several problems. I don't have time for a detailed analysis at this time (I am behind on as it is on these - notably on the Witelson brain study), but I do want to get this on the radar. … [Read more...]

Call it Biagra – A drug to switch orientation?

The new fruit fly research has observers wondering about a drug to alter sexual orientation. This article by John Tierney raises some of the inevitable questions which will arise if indeed such a bridge can be made between flies and humans.He quotes an email from researcher David Featherstone on the controversy:I asked Dr. Featherstone if it might be possible one day to quickly alter humans’ sexual orientation. Here’s his answer:Although I am not sure my research is a big step in this d … [Read more...]

Gay gene and bad parents out, neoteny in?

Desmond Morris, author of the Naked Ape, has a new book out called the Naked Man. Not a protocol for your next New Warriors Training Adventure, rather, it is an attempt to apply zoology to human behavior. In this article, Richard Brooks reviews reaction to Morris' new theory where...he concludes that men are “made gay” because they retain infantile or juvenile characteristics into adulthood – a phenomenon known as neoteny.According to this theory, gay men also tend to be more inventive an … [Read more...]


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