02 November 2004

Questions, questions

A friend asked, "Is homosexuality nature's solution to overpopulation?"

Is it, really? What drives people to be homosexual? At what point in life do people turn gay? Or, were they always so inclined?

Do homosexual people have no desire to leave some of their trace on earth, that is, to reproduce? And hence, is it nature's solution to overpopulation? If yes, is it welcome for that reason?

Is homosexuality in the genes? Or is it a modern day phenomenon? Is it natural? Will it always be a fringe phenomenon?


Also, is lesbianism the best guarantee of women's empowerment? Sexuality is a double-edged weapon, remember? Let there be no penetration/perpetration of violence? Is that why men are intolerant of lesbianism, as it makes them dispensable?

Do we accept that man-woman relationships fail, by default? Because men just cant understand how women feel, and vice-versa? Could lesbians have more fulfilling relationships? No complications, eh? At least, no unwanted pregnancies to worry about. Less mess?

Any answers?


Arpana said...

Hey viju,
(it's arpana... i finally figured out how to post my comments)

hey viju.... deep subject. as a biology student, i don't think this subject can be answered. homosexuality has existed for centuries and across the animal kingdom. and i dont think it can be viewed as 'nature's solution to overpopulation'.

it is definitely not a modern day phenomenon.... it's not a concept of failed relationship between men and women. it is just another entity to relationships that has been spoken abt more openly now.

i think ppl view homosexuality as a threat because humans 'fall in love'... homosexuality threatens the human race...i mean in the strictest sense, gay/lesbian couples can't reproduce on their own. the idea of a family of husband-wife-children has been shaken.

whethere there is a gene or not... who knows. perhaps one day they will figure it out. but can't we look at homosexuality and heterosexuality as a continuum of the same concept? we look at gender as a continuum.... i mean, not all men are macho guys and not all women are sensitive and feminine. i dont' think sexual orientation is a choice...each person doesn't wake up one day and make a decision on whether to be gay or straight. it's not something that we r taught or something we can learn. regardless of who you are, you are attracted to either a woman or a man.

Vijayalaxmi said...

hey Arpi

I agree with you. I looked up the history of homosexuality. Well, it has always been there.

And the question, 'Is homosexuality nature's solution to overpopulation?' was more rhetoric, I guess.

Also, I agree that sexual inclincations whichever way need to be accepted.

Sham said...

I am confused. I can not imagine why a male would be attracted to a male and a female to a female. But, if I think about it, I could not find reason for a male's attraction to a female and vice versa either.

If attraction is a physical phenomena, then it looks plausible that these orientations are all physical. I would belive that if this attraction is mental, then there should be a reason for the attraction. And I am more confused

Vijayalaxmi said...

There are very strong genetic reasons that we know of for man-woman attraction. We dont know of any such genetic reason for homosexuality. But who knows?

Again, I wouldnt lay it down entirely on genes. There's some grey area over there.

Anonymous said...

It's me, Arpana.... already forgot my password and such that I had created yesterday. oh well.....

i thought someone would be curious that 11 states in America voted for an amendment against same-sex marriages.

Vijayalaxmi said...

Yeah, I read the news. Thought of posting it on the blog. I think I will do that.

Vijayalaxmi said...

Oh shucks, I cant find the story now. Anyone finds it, feel free to add link.

Praveen Bhat said...

I keep away commenting from these topics, but this question was intriguing! Sorry to the originator, but homosexuality is as much a nature's solution to overpopulation as is narcissism (trying to tone it down, but one gets the idea, I hope)

Vijayalaxmi said...

hm, I am glad it intrigued you. There's never any harm in asking questions, though. But please, dont say sorry.

Anonymous said...

Homosexuality is beautiful


Anonymous said...

sushumna here

check these websites.


Anonymous said...

hi this is sushumna

have you read any of the many debates that happened arund the film "fire". they are intereting, especially the ones by Madhu Kishwar and Tejaswini Niranjana and Mary E John.
the essays adress some questions put forward.

Sanjay M said...

Check out Sigmund Freud's explanation.

Vijayalaxmi said...

Hi Sanjay, welcome. Will look him up.
I visited your blog recently. :)