Goldstein! is on on about nous, les pédés, and how, like, humanity may use its post-singularity biotech transhumanist powers to eradicate homosexuality, but by accident. Well, the prevalent nature-nurture dichotomy that holds sexuality to be determined either by genetic inheritance or by social conditioning, which to his credit Goldstein! doesn't seem to hold personally, is patently ridiculous. Human sexuality is complex, and preference for one sex over another, or neither over both, or what have you, is plainly a result of genetic predisposition, conditions in utero, social interaction, acculturation, etc. All those valences make it unlikely that an in-utero screening will be able to say with anything approaching certainty that this boy will like boys, this girl will like girls, this future MtF trannie-fag with bi tendencies will . . . ah, nevermind. Perhaps with sufficient advances in genetics and neurobiology we can construct something probabalistic--this or that fetus more or less likely to be queer, but I find little merit to the fear that people may begin aborting or altering their potentially fey children.
I am, however, interested in a this comment:
I have a gay son. I am okay with it if he is but I would be a liar if I said that I wouldn’t prefer he was heterosexual. The young man is so un-obviously gay, however, it is at times hard for me to believe that he hasn’t made a choice.This is bizarre. Imagine if the son were effeminate, but straight, a condition more common than homosexuality in my experience. Would Dad wonder if he had chosen, contra his natural disposition, to like girls?
That aside, I think it's clear that the majority of those behaviors and interests we associate with the gay cliché are not genetic or otherwise innate. What have genes got to do with liking American musicals, or standing contraposto all the time? Cultural indicators are cultural indicators, and isn't a stronger case made for innate sexuality by noting how many men who exhibit none of the outward signs we associate with faggotry nonetheless prefer to have sex with other men, and how many women who likewise make no cultural display of their preference for sex with women nonetheless do have sex with women?