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Thread #150624   Message #3510400
Posted By: Rumncoke
30-Apr-13 - 05:43 AM
Thread Name: BS: P.E. stops you being gay?
Subject: RE: BS: P.E. stops you being gay?
It could be argued that having non breeding humans in the family would have been a good thing - way back when having a youngster to feed was a serious drain on the family resources.

A couple of women who just brought in the plants and small animals without producing babies, men who would rather be off hunting or fishing with the others rather than turning up with a watermelon grin and a pregnant girl - recipe for survival as far as I can see.

If a stressful pregnancy results in more homosexual behaviour it could be argued that it is a perfectly natural survival trait, adapting the family group to have fewer dependants and more providers or even fighters in the next generation.

The situation could either continue with continued stress or revert to - I hesitate to call it more normal, but a situation where more people are disposed to breed, which would also be a survival trait in less stressful times.

Genes are very complicated structures, and they can express themselves in different ways - they are by no means set in stone. Different conditions during development and childhood cause genes to work differently, sometimes not in the person experiencing the conditions but their children or even grandchildren.

People who went through a period of starvation at a particular age have a significantly higher number of diabetic grandchildren, for instance.

There is a whole branch of science to study these inherited but not genetic alterations - the names of which totally escapes me.