If You’re Gay, It’s Not Your Lifestyle Choices But Your Mother’s, Says Top Brain Doctor
A highly-respected Dutch neuroscientist is claiming a mother’s behavior during pregnancy can increases chances of having a gay or lesbian child. Dick Swaab, the former Director of the Dutch Institute for Brain Research at the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences is claiming that smoking or doing drugs while pregnant increases the chances of having a daughter who is lesbian or bisexual. He also claims that a woman who is under stress when pregnant is more likely to have gay or lesbian children.
Schwaab’s new book, We Are Our Brains: A Neurobiography of the Brain, from the Womb to Alzheimer’s, is being called “controversial” by the London Daily Mail.
The lifestyle of pregnant mothers affects the sexuality of their unborn child, altering their hormones and the formation of their brains, it claims.
“Pregnant women suffering from stress are also more likely to have homosexual children of both genders because their raised level of the stress hormone cortisol affects the production of foetal sex hormones,” says Dr. Swaab. “Pre-birth exposure to both nicotine and amphetamines increases the chance of lesbian daughters,” he adds.
“The more older brothers a boy has, the greater the chance that he will be homosexual,” Swaab says. “This is due to a mother’s immune response to male substances produced by boy babies in the womb, a response that becomes stronger with each pregnancy.”
We certainly are strong believers in science, but common sense seems to have been left out of this study.
Of course, gay, lesbian, and bisexual people have existed since the dawn of time, and there is no accurate information that leads us to believe gay people are now being born at a higher rate. And since nicotine and amphetamines are relatively new inventions, common sense seems to be lacking here.
“There does not seem to be a shred of evidence to support the idea that a mother’s lifestyle changes a child’s sexuality,” says Ben Summerskill, the head of Stonewall UK.
Some good news, though, in the book. “Professor Swaab, 69, says his view that sexuality is decided in the womb demolishes the argument, often made by ultra-conservative groups, that gay people can be ‘cured,’” the Mail reports.
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