Watch out, Lady Gaga! One of your ideological allies is throwing cold water on the “born this way” argument for biology-based sexuality, saying it relies on “very thin science” and has actually harmed gay rights.
Speaking to New York magazine, Suzanna Walters, who heads Northeastern University’s gender and sexuality program, says:
“People feel and experience their sexuality in very deep and substantive ways, of course. But neither is it as simple and glib as some, you know, genome, some endocrine trigger.” …
Walters is fond of pointing out that many of the same activists who argue against the existence of major gender-based differences in human behavior eagerly embrace research supporting it when it comes to arguing that being gay is not a choice. “I think the science itself is actually very thin science,” she said. “It is based on gender-based sex differences and that kind of science which has been debunked ad nauseam …”
“Born this way” in other contexts produces horrible results, she says:
“All you have to do is have a glancing notion of history and know that biological arguments for difference have been used by and large for oppression if not genocide,” she said. “So, the history of the Holocaust, you know, the history of slavery and racism, where we’re measuring people’s heads.”
Walters has a new book called The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality.
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