Originally Posted by Robert Goodman
You just slid over from something's changing to someone's electing to change something, which is entirely different. Our preferences are involuntary. They can change involuntarily, but we can't change them deliberately.
One's brain can change only when affected by the introduction of neural-toxins, drug-induced or illness. One can
change one's sexual behavior
deliberately, to match perceived needs or pressures, societal or otherwise.
|To put it glibly, yes. I'm sure that once we look hard enough, we will find differences in brains that correlate to preference for chocolate vs. vanilla ice cream, etc., yet we know that people sometimes do change preferences about various things over time. Is the brain changing? Yeah, probably, in those respects.
But you assume the differences in brain architecture that have been seen account for the differences in preference. How do you know it's not some more subtle difference in the brain that accounts for those differences?
nothing. Robert, you keep asserting this 'preference' argument, as if sexual/gender assignment is something as menial as one's flavor preferences, as if humans are divided into flavors, and we just happen to like one flavor better than the other. However, the truth as far as neuro-chemistry, and brain construction is that one's brain architecture
(and I intentionally use this word for that is how it is referred to in neurology, so as to call up an image of structure, permanent design) is a constant, (albeit organic and therefore subject to aging, senility, disease, and influence from outside catalystic influence; see earlier posts about chemical imbalances, etc).
I have no doubt, to comment on your 'chocolate vs. vanilla' bit, that ALL preferences have the potential of being mapped out in the brain. But the anthropological, biological, neurological FACT is that what accounts for FOOD preference and SEXUAL GENDER come from two different parts of the brain.
Food preference changes because we are wired to consume a diverse (and therefore, anthropologically speaking, a more nutritious) diet. It is part of our adaptability, intended to keep us from just eating that one thing we like, which enables us to thrive, as a species.
While some may find this a little hard to palate, findings suggest that "true" homosexuality or transgenderment (I say "true" because, as I have asserted already, there is a gulf of difference between the man that has the internal wiring of a woman, and the man who is curious about what it's like to kiss another guy, and then, curiosity satisfied, never again has the desire) is a cellular anomale, a mutation (red hair is also an anomale, as is human albino, and dwarfism). It is a naturally occuring, if rarely occuring, biological event, that happens when sexual assignment takes place in utero. The cells that define (let's call it) 'brain-gender'
can go a number of different ways. And it happens after
the genitalia have already begun to form. USUALLY it's the homogenous "straight" placement, it just follows along in line with the genital-assignment as hormones wash over the developing fetal-brain; sometimes it's the homosexual placement; sometimes there is a 'mixed' distribution, thus bisexual folks ("true" bisexual folks, not to be confused with my friends who like to kiss girls when they're tipsy) and even more rarely there is genital assignment that is diametrically opposed to the cellular assignment that happens in the brain, after the genitalia have already begun to develope. It simply is not even comparable to 'chocolate vs. vanilla' and I resent (just a tad) the assertion that it is. It's a little like comparing your feet and your mouth. Sure, they're both part of your body, but the similarities end there. Why u chose to ignore that this isn't
just a random opinion of some chicks on Mothering.com, and continue to debate something that seems pretty clear-cut (tho lengthy in explanation) is a mystery.
Rather than debating about it, maybe we should all be asking questions like "Why is society at large kept ignorant regarding sexuality?" "In what ways does our society benefit from keeping the Every-Man & Woman in the dark about this subject, or any other gender issue?" "What purpose is served by disallowing equality and human-rights to all humans, regardless of nationality, sexuality, or religion?" "How do our actions, or inactions, affect our children and their future global community, when we are subject to being kept in the dark?"