Has bottle feeding contributed to an increase in homosexuality?
Frued posited early infantile influences as causes of later human sexual behaviour. Has the decrease in breast feeding and increase in bottle feeding imprinted phallic attractions in later adult behaviour? The lack of the soft sensual breast and its replacement with the long hard warm bottle may have imprinted on behaviour. No genetic evidence of a gay gene has been found.
Homosexuality is not new, bottle feeding is - eg homosexuality has been around since the beginning of time, bottle feeding is a 19/20th century invention.
If we used your reasoning - many female breast fed babies would be lesbians, and any bottle fed female babies would prefer the opposite sex. Homosexuality is not a 'male' only thing, nor is it a human only thing.
I find it interesting that people who are not homosexual, spend so much time thinking about the sexual lifes and attractions of those who are .....there are much better things to be thinking on.
Jlpk It may be just a major contributing factor. Of course there are often purely hormonal factors. The huge increase in gays is largely parallel to the introduction of bottle feeding. In females this could lead to increased penis envy and acts etc.
There isn't an increase in homosexuals. It is just more open now than it EVER used to be - sexuality in general. They have always been there, it's just now you see them. Anyway, if it did (which it doesn't) cause it - what would you do about it?
Insightful answer, jlpark. Those familiar with actual statistics know that indeed homosexual levels have remained pretty much the same. As to the discovery of a genetic cause, I think it's only a matter of time.
I'd like to see these statistics you have Oz, abt this increase, as I'm curious. It's likely that the introduction of bottle feeding merely coincides with more openness around human sexuality, but I'd still like to see these stats.
If you mean wikipedia (the encyclopedia that can be edited by ANYONE with or without education) - provide the link - as "historical record of gayness' does not exist. Wiki isn't a good source to be basing ANYTHING on. (Iimits - I'll comment more soon
I know of Lesbos, but if your theory was in the slightest correct - there would be more. Wikipedia cannot be used for a source in teritary education (or any online courses I know of) due to the issues with it's veracity. So not a good source to use.
I did. And you still haven't provided any statistics. Merely vague assumptions. Yes, homosexuality SEEMS more prevalent - but it isn't - it's just more open. Lesbos may be accurate to a point, but it doesn't prove male homosexuality at all.
I am thinking on it. Even asked a question here to help prove, or disprove, your theory - to help both of us. I can see the thing with Lesbos, but it also proves homosexuality has been around MUCH longer than bottle feeding - male and female.
Lesbos was an ordinary island, not a colony of Lesbians. Regardless, there have also been tribes/civs with high rates of male homosexuality. Cherry-picked examples say nothing about overall homosexual rates, proportions, or historic change.
Your theory would also mean that bottefed females wouldn't/couldn't be gay...and they can be. I second the vague estimation - if you are going to make bold statements - where are the numbers? (No wiki)
Oz - perhaps you should write a hub on it then. You asked for opinions on your theory - so we provided them. If you want to espouse your theory in a more comprehensive form (with room for stats etc) then write a hub - I'll happily read it.
It might make some sense that sucking on a breast as a child imprints on us and we then grow up to like sucking on breasts. A boob is a boob so there is a direct correlation and because the boob is an object attached to a woman it might also make some sense that we would grow up to like women.
Bottle-sucking leading to liking penises, however, makes little sense; they are vastly different objects. And bottle-sucking leading to liking men makes even less sense, because with bottle-sucking there is no connection at all to it being an object on someone's body.
And as jlpark noted, if the object one sucks on as a kid leads to one's sexual orientation, we would expect to see women being disproportionately gay. And we don't.
Maybe someday, someone will invent a way for men to produce milk through their penis and we can more accurately test your theory. I don't think the prudes in this country would be able to handle it though.
Again, where is yr info from? You are making statements without providing backing. Also - lesbians don't hate men, they're just not attracted to them. Also lesbians don't necessarily like phallac objects at all. Again - sources?
You state "Lesbians don't like men but enjoy phallic objects" - no, not all lesbians do. Yet your statement makes the assumption they ALL do. Nor do all lesbians wear male clothing (most don't!). Who's going to argue? Those who aren't as you say.
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