Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State
and the upcoming Bad Feminist
, has a lot to say
about relationships and sexuality and self esteem. Also about how to bake a pie and a killer summer pasta recipe.
In 2008 the actor Rupert Everett hosted (seemingly from his apartment) a rather strange documentary: The Victorian Sex Explorer
( 2 3 4 5
), an attempt to follow in the footsteps of famed Explorer, translator, and author Sir Richard Burton
and convince us of Sir Burton's passion for sexual experimentation while laying in lots of bathhouses and visiting brothels. [more inside]
The "Darwinian paradox
" of homosexuality presents the conundrum of how a potential genetic basis for homosexual behavior could provide a survival benefit to offpsring and extend through generations, when sexual reproduction would seem to place strong selection pressure
against such a "gene". Recently developed mathematical models
(PDF) from researchers Sergey Gavrilets
and William Rice
not only show how a "gay gene" might proliferate within a population
, but also provides testable hypotheses, including predictions of "widespread bisexuality
" (subscription req'd).
New research takes steps towards finding the "gay genes."
A study conducted on gay brothers in more than 100 families found several genetic regions of similarity with linkage to sexual orientation. This is kind of dense (scroll to the bottom of the page for the FAQ), but that's because it hasn't been written up in the press so there are only journal doc's and scientific summaries available.
This is the press release, which is clearer
This is the article on the study, as published in the journal Human Genetics