When the science of sexuality meets the politics of gay rights
By Brian Earp
Gay genes and gay rights: On the science and politics of sexuality
If homosexuality has a genetic basis, and if gay sex produces no offspring, why hasn’t the culling force of natural selection bred it right out of the species? Neuroscientist Simon LeVay has recently taken to the electronic pages of the Huffington Post to tout his latest book and offer a few hypotheses.
In light of the article’s popularity, Professor LeVay was asked to join a panel of speakers to discuss not only the genetics of sexual preference, but also the social and political implications of such research. Since I had written on this topic on the Practical Ethics blog, I was invited to take part as well.
Here is a preview video of my argument, with a further link to the complete debate on HuffPost Live. Other speakers included John Aravosis, an American Democratic political consultant and editor of AMERICABlog; Jeff Rudell, a New York writer and blogger; and Jennie Mustafa-Julock, the Audacity Coach.
For more, see:
Earp, B. D. (2012, January 26). Choosing one’s own (sexual) identity: Shifting the terms of the ‘gay rights’ debate. Practical Ethics. University of Oxford.
Rousseau, J. (2012, February 14). The tyranny of labels. The Daily Maverick.