Some researchers at Johns Hopkins and Arizona State University challenge the orthodoxy that sexuality is something you’re just born with and can’t do anything about. They also challenge the popular notion that children who feel they might be the wrong sex should be indulged and provided with massive doses of chemicals that will permanently damage their physiology and neurology. (Also, that their parents should be put on television and lauded for their acceptance of their children’s “transgenderism.”)
A groundbreaking report that examines nearly 200 peer-reviewed studies on sexual orientation and gender identity concludes that science hasn’t confirmed key theories about these subjects, including the belief that homosexuals are “born that way.”
And it rejects surgical and hormonal interventions for children who identify as “transgender,” on the grounds that the large majority of such children outgrow identities that conflict with their biological sex.
“Examining research from the biological, psychological and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence,” reads an introductory note by Adam Keiper, editor of The New Atlantis, a leading journal of science, technology and ethics that published the report, “Sexuality and Gender.”
“The report has a special focus on the higher rates of mental-health problems among LGBT populations, and it questions the scientific basis of trends in the treatment of children who do not identify with their biological sex,” said Keiper.
“More effort is called for to provide these people with the understanding, care and support they need to lead healthy, flourishing lives.”
Frankly, I never thought it ought to matter whether sexuality was congenital or chosen. By that same token, I’ve also always believed that human sexuality was far too complex to reduce to a simplistic matter of genes.
In any case, these researchers are doing something that’s all but forbidden in the modern world; challenging the validity of a belief that is strongly held by the Social Justice Left. It would be nice if we could have honest discussions about these things; but then, you can’t have nice things when mentally deranged people with overwrought feelings and a political agenda are involved in the conversation.