My Gay Brain

News of a study of gay and straight brain scans was reported last week under headlines like:

What the Gay Brain Looks Like

Scans see ‘gay brain differences

Gay Brain Structure Similar to Straight Opposite Sex

Basically, scientists studied brain scans of 90 gay and straight men and women, and found that the gay male brains resembled straight female brains, and lesbian brains resembled straight male brains.

How exactly is that evidence of a “Gay Brain”? If the brains of gay people (regardless of gender) looked alike, and the brains of straight people (regardless of gender) looked alike, then we might have evidence of a gay brain. But that is not what the research shows. The study found similarities in the brains of people (gay and straight) who are attracted to women, and similarities in the brains of people (gay and straight) who are attracted to men.

So …My gay brain apparently looks like a straight man’s brain. What is it that makes my brain gay and his straight?? Apparently it is our sexual orientation. This strikes me as circular reasoning at its finest.

2 Responses to “My Gay Brain”

  1. 1 Hani Kadhem September 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    This is stupid . WOW .Idiots


  2. 2 geophrix July 28, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I completely agree. All it proves is that attraction to a specific gender manifests itself the same way in the male brain as it does in the female brain. I’m a gay male teen and it does not escape me that this reasoning is unbelievably sexist. It’s like saying a man with a good memory has a “female” or somehow “a-typical” brain or a woman with outstanding cognitive skills has a “male” brain.

    I once saw a psychiatrist who tried to diagnose my sexuality as a mental disorder, claiming that though it had been removed as such from the APA’s list in 1973, it should have been left in there and spent a long time looking through his APA Diagnostic Manual for some way to get around this setback while telling me that homosexuality is debilitating and that Elton John is only successful because he had found a way to harness that pain and whatever else he claimed those effects were and managed to put them toward his art and that my coming out, and that of all homos, was the product of my masochistic desire for attention

    His employer was notified of the content of the session and he was thankfully terminated. It hadn’t bothered me, i knew he was a crackpot, but it makes me sad to think of the irredeemable damaged he may have caused to all the kids he saw less sure about their identity…

    Well, yeah, that’s what comes out of this kind of research, more pain for kids who can’t be so lucky and doctors who think they know better than the APA.


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