A very good lesbian friend of mine alerted me to an article proving that my affection for my nieces and nephews is natural:
A new study found that homosexual men may be predisposed to nurture their nieces and nephews as a way of helping to ensure their own genes get passed down to the next generation.
Weird that she should send this on the day before I set to spend a day with an “adoptive” niece at Disneyland. Will make the day more enjoyable knowing that I’m only doing what comes naturally. (Memo to self: stop at ATM to get extra cash to make sure ice cream fund is fully replenished.)
Evolutionary psychologist Paul Vasey of the University of Lethbridge in Canada studied “group of men called fa’afafine on the Pacific island of Samoa.” The fa’afafine are exclusively attracted to men:
The researchers surveyed about 300 fa’afafine, and found that they were significantly more likely to be altruistic toward their nieces and nephews than either single men or women, or mothers or fathers. The scientists call this behavior avuncular, or uncle-like.
Yeah, that sounds right.
And I just thought I was a nice guy. Turns out it’s just my inherent avuncular abilities.
This is going to make Disneyland a whole lot more fun today, knowing my altruism is instinctual.