When I first glanced at the headline in the UK's Daily Mail I thought it was about a pill to deter some form of malaria in Lebanon. Not so.
It now seems some head shrinker has come up with the novel idea of deterring women drinking from the furry cup.
Sorry to be course but this post deserves a touch of humour.
According to research, writes the Daily Mail, a prenatal pill prescribed to women expecting daughters with a rare genetic disorder, could reduce the chance of their children becoming lesbians.
The Daily Mail continues:
Medics, including Dr Maria New of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, have championed a hormonal treatment that prevents the ambiguous genitalia developing in the womb - sparing the need for surgery later in life.
But it is not without its side effects - including potentially having a dramatic impact on a person's sexual orientation.
Now, I don't know whether this is just sensationalism from the Daily Mail. Burning question, I guess, would be how do they know this would be a side-effect?
The Mail explains:
The LA Times reported that Dr New's more recent studies on the treatment, using the steroid dexamethasone, resulted in girls who behave in ways that are considered more traditionally feminine.
The report quoted a 2008 study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in which Dr New questioned 143 women with CAH who had not been treated prenatally.
The study found that most of the women were heterosexual - but that the rates of homosexuality and bisexuality were far higher in women with the condition when compared to a control group.
The report then cited a paper published earlier this year in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences by Dr New and her colleagues.
Maria New issued the following statement:
'Allegations that my goal is to prevent lesbianism are completely untrue.'
She is probably sincere and this post means her no malice. It's a pop at those who meddle with nature when there really is no call for it.
Once again, it would appear, we have quackery interfering with what nature intended.
Please don't bombard me with the God delusions here folks. "God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" - it does not wash with me.
If two humans want to become one, be it through love and affection or through sex then nobody, not you, not me, not some outdated religious belief based on a book of fiction and almost definitely not quackery, should question why.
I can almost hear the minds of the Christians... "Yes, at last, someone who can obliterate the crew-cut, dungaree wearing, carpet munching brigade." Then again, the act of sexual intercourse is seemingly so abhorrent in Christianity that even the parents of Jesus didn't fornicate [apparently]
Who knows, maybe there are some Christians who believe that Maria New is the second coming and her colleagues, her disciples?
Ave Maria New!
I've read some pretty laughable diagnosis' over the years. Shyness being one... Don't worry, there was a cure for that in the shape of Paxil [Seroxat]
If, indeed, there is a deep rooted motive behind the research of Maria New and her colleagues then you can bet your life that those mad scientists who compile The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM] will be on it as fast as a fly on a dog turd.
Loving someone of the same sex is not abnormal and it should not be eradicated. If Julie and Ann prefer the undercarriage to the piston then more power to them. Same applies to Adam and Steve if they prefer playing a game of hide the salami with one another.
Gay people should be allowed to live their lives as they choose. If people protest then it is 'they' that have the problem.
I am a heterosexual whose only desire is to play hide the salami with hot Canadian country singers who go by the name of Shania Twain. [Hope my current girlfriend doesn't chastise me for this... oh yes baby, slap me up real good]
Man, I feel like a woman.
The use of derogatory comments referring to ones sexuality is meant as sarcasm and is a swipe at those who object to same sex relationships yet see no problem in experimenting new sexual positions with their partners. If 'God' just wanted us to procreate he would not have given us inquisitive minds, in some cases, the mind of a deviant.
For the record - I am an atheist...and probably a deviant too...aren't we all when it comes to mattress dancing, or do you just live in denial about your sexual fantasies?
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