The actress Cynthia Nixon provoked a minor stir last week when she stated that for her, homosexuality is a choice.
She added that for many people it's not, but that those others shouldn't get to define her gayness for her.
This flies in the face of what gay activists claim: that they have no choice but to be what they are, and thus ought not to be criticized or discriminated against for a "lifestyle choice."
I agree with the gay activists. When I run across those who don't agree, I usually ask, "Could you just will yourself into a frame of mind where you wanted to suck dicks?"
They usually concede the argument at that point.
There is no one "gay gene" that has been discovered, but homosexuality does seem to be a matter of brain chemistry and hormones, with maybe a small environmental component thrown in. The vast majority of gay men seem to have just been predisposed that way from the time they were very young.
The separated twin studies seem to bear this out, with identical twins having a much more highly correlated sexuality than fraternal twins, and both having a much higher correlation than adopted siblings. These studies are pretty much irrefutable proof of the role of genes, and perhaps hormonal exposure in the womb.
Women in general do seem to have a somewhat more free-floating sexuality that can adapt to circumstance. There are women whom I can't imagine ever wanting to be with a guy. But I've seen many others who seem to turn lesbian by default, either because they don't attract men or had bad experiences with them.
In any case, the politically correct belief is that homosexuality is preordained, and that you have no choice in the matter. Genes rule.
However, if you entertain the notion that intelligence might also be genetically determined, you're considered evil. To be politically correct on this issue, you must believe that there are no 60 watt bulbs or 100 watt bulbs, merely different outlets. Your genes have nothing at all to do with your brightness. Your environment determines all.
So when it comes to IQ, you must disregard all those separated twin studies.
For those of us who try hard to be PC, it's all quite confusing.