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Homosexual Uncles and the Breakdown of Human Society

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Homosexuality is heritable, but because homosexual men are much less likely to produce offspring than heterosexual men, genes for homosexuality should have disappeared. It must offer a more subtle advantage. It could be “kin selection”. A sister has many of the genes of her brother. If the brother does not have any progeny of his own but spends his time protecting and teaching his sister’s children he can promote the prospects of his own genes. He acts as a “helper in the nest”. By acting altruistically toward nieces and nephews, homosexual men would perpetuate the family genes, including some of their own. To compensate in failing to pass on their own genes, from being childless, such men have to support the survival of two additional nieces or nephews.

Evolutionary psychologists, Paul Vasey and Doug VanderLaan of the University of Lethbridge, Canada, spent several years on the Pacific island of Samoa testing this hypothesis. Samoans do not have any prejudice against homosexual males, but rather they treat them as a third sex called “fa’afafine”—“neither man nor woman”—who are effeminate and exclusively attracted to adult men as sexual partners. The “fa’afafine” are traditionally more willing to babysit, tutor their nieces and nephews, and help out financially, than Samoan men and women, the two reproductive sexs.

The study consisted of questionnaires for all three Samoan sexes measuring their willingness to help their nieces and nephews in various ways and how willing they were to do it for unrelated kids. Compared to Samoan men and women of the recognized sexes, the “fa’afafine” were less keen on unrelated kids. They favoured their own kin even more than the two reproductive sexes, allowing them to allocate their resources more precisely to their neices and nephews, and so enhance their own evolutionary prospects. The findings support the kin selection basis for homosexuality, at least in that society.

Samoan culture is localized, and centered on close extended families, whereas Western patriarchal families tend to be dispersed and homophobic, so that uncles are often no longer close enough geographically to their nieces and nephews to be of any help. Even so, Samoan society is much more typical of the small scale societies humans lived in exclusively for a million years until about ten thousand years or so ago, the environment in which male same sex sexuality must have evolved if it is genetic. The loss of homosexual bachelor uncles is another example of the breakdown of western society. The bachelor uncle is maladapted to the world, because the world has evolved away from small scale communal stability bonded by mutual caring and sharing into unstable, uncaring, jealous urbanized imperia, increasingly unwelcoming to us all.


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9 February, 2010 at 10:32 pm

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    19 February, 2010 at 8:32 pm

  3. Very enlightening, I have always believed that nature has a way of balancing itself and that we can’t all be breeders and gay men is natures way of giving parents a little extra help.

    GREAT article!


    4 March, 2010 at 12:38 pm

  4. I have to say, I have (to my knowledge) known three gay men, one of which is within my family, and they had no inclination whatsoever to be patriarchical, or get involved with children or the raising of children. That does not mean this study is wrong. Possibly it is because they are from western society. But one of the gay men I know is within my family and there is to my knowledge no others. So it begs the question, if gayness in men is heridary, where did he get it from?


    4 March, 2010 at 10:00 pm

  5. Hiya Colin,

    From my own understanding and from what I have read, there is no “gay gene” and has everything to do with the mothers hormones durring pregnancy. The only thing that seperates the sexes is hormones. All fetus start out female and at certain stages durring the pregnancy hormones are delivered to determin what sex they will be. If the mother has recieved the y chromosome from the father, but has high surges of estrogen, he will develope male bits, but his brain will function female and visa versa for lesbians. The more children a woman has the more likely one will be gay and due to the midochondria dna playing a huge part in it as well the majority of gay offspring will be male.

    As for your gay relative not paying much attention to the children in your family, you can blame patriarchy and it selfist tendencies. Women brought up in patriarchal societies are the most neglectful and cruelest mothers there are, we certainly can’t expect the gay men in patriarchal societies to be any better. However, gay men are more nurturing and sensative than straight men in general. They also tend to pick female dominated careers centered around caring and nurturing others. In fact, in my female dominated profession all the men I have ever worked with were gay.


    5 March, 2010 at 12:15 pm

  6. Amy,

    Interesting response.

    All the gay men (apart from family) are from industries I was working in (IT).

    I don’t think gay men are more nurtering. I do think they are risk takers and more promiscuous. I would be interested in your profession, you do not name it.

    But yes, I do not think there is a gay gene, and I also think there is no ‘cure’ as some advocate.


    23 March, 2010 at 10:23 pm

  7. homosexual should be discouraged


    17 August, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  8. Esther, you say homosexual should be discouraged.

    You do not say why.

    Would you like to enlighten us?


    18 August, 2010 at 10:05 pm

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