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Djuna
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This is NOT supposed to come across as rude in any way. Just so you know, because this is one of those clunky questions that isn't goiing to come across right.

Ok, I was wondering, what part of who you are causes you to be homo (or bi or hetero) sexual? Taking homosexuality in particular, it can't be genetic (by definition), and since many homosexual people have homophobic parents, it's unlikely to be nurture. So is it a random thing like whether you're male or female or what?
Also, something that's puzzled me for a long time: don't pheromones always work heterosexually? As in males attracted to female pheromones and vice versa? Or are homosexual people different in that they're attracted to pheromones from the same sex?
Just wondering anyway, and if I've accidentally offended anyone here, then I'm sorry because there really is no offence meant.

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Whiskeyginger
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Except it is genetics. Even if parents are 'homophobic' they can still pass on the traits to the child. Take for example, both my parents have very very dark straight brown hair. I have very very bright red curly hair. Even if my parents hated redheads, they'd still give birth to one, regardless on how they felt about it. By that kind of logic we would be able to choose what our kids would look like/act like just by thinking about what we wanted. Nope, doesn't happen that way.
I'm not enitrely sure but I am making an educated guess by saying that because of different hard wiring pheromones would work the same they would on a women, as they would for a man which ever one you are attracted to.

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Djuna
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No, the genetics thing I meant because by definition people in homosexual relationships don't have children. [Wink]

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Heather
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Ummm....no, that isn't true.

Lesbian women can be pregnant just like any other woman can.

As well, plenty of people who are bisexual or homosexual STILL enter into opposite-sex relationships in which they have children.

Per the issue of pheromones, your assumptions only hold water if we presume that sexual attraction is only about procreation. And since we know that not to be true -- after all, people still seem to have chemical triggers after menopause, as do those with no interest in procreating at all, or who are infertile -- that's a bit of a silly assumption.

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(Not to mention homosexual men can have biological children through the help of a surogate - just because sexual preference causes them to not necessarily wish to reproduce the penis-in-vagina way doesn't mean they can't have children with their own genetics.)

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Heather
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(Nice catch, dal!)

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catalinacisne
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Another school of thought is that inutero hormones play a major part in the "making" of someone's sexuality. I forget the details about where/when/who funded it, but there was a study in which a female sheep embryo was given a testosterone bath while still developing, and once the ewe reached sexual maturity, the scientists noticed that she only showed sexual interest in other female sheep.

The same could go for human embryos - if a male embryo is exposed to more than average amounts of estrogen/progesterone, or a female to testestosterone, they might have higher chances of being gay than an embryo who received less amounts of the aforementioned hormones.

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Djuna
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Thanks. I'd just always wondered what shapes your sexuality in the scientific sense.

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