NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT HEAD INJURY MAY CAUSE HOMOSEXUALITY
November 11 2011
London, U.K. – There are few things as complicated and obscure as human sexuality. At its base level, sex is a practical concern. It is really about procreation, spreading genetic material onto the next generation, but in humans it has become much more than that, entwined intrinsically in our culture and in the psyches of the human animal as a whole in deep and fundamental ways.
Aberrance, too, is a part of that. After all the only real biological value in sex lies in the act between a male and female of the species, which can result in offspring. For those purposes things like masturbation or unusual sexual practices are really not beneficial at all, yet they still go on and with incredible diversity amongst humans.
The biggest and most pervasive of example of that diversity is undoubtedly homosexuality which from a purely biological standpoint is essentially meaningless, but which has nonetheless become a large part of the human sexual experience. Now though a new study may have found a reason for that, one that may eventually lead to eliminating all hints of homosexuality forever, so long as head trauma can be avoided.
“I wasn’t interested in women any more. I was definitely gay. I had never been attracted to a man before – I’d never even had any gay friends. But I didn’t care about who I was before, I had to be true to my feelings,” Chris Birch told the Daily Mail.
Birch is the man at the centre of the study, going from a rough and tough rugby player to a slim and slender hairdresser after a serious head injury.
He swears up and down that he was not gay before the incident. Completely and totally not gay, not one bit, not at all. He totally liked women.
“We have seen a remarkable transformation in Chris, the kind of thing that we never would have imagined possible. We do see remarkable things with head injuries – increased creativity, new language skills – but never something as fundamental as this,” said Dr. Edgar Wilton who has led the research. “He has fundamentally altered his lifestyle and who he is. He is a completely different person than he was before the incident and that is not something we have seen before. We have never witnessed a complete shift in a person’s sexuality, but this could explain a lot about that particular activity.”
While the study is far from conclusive, it is believed possible that head injury early in life, possibly even in the womb, could result in increased homosexuality.
“We are still at the early stages of this particular study but this one case does seem to show that head trauma can alter a person’s sexuality in a very extreme way. While one case does not a conclusion make, it’s still a compelling argument and gives us hope that we could eventually find a cause for homosexuality,” continued Wilton. “That could eventually lead to a cure which would be a great option for people trying to change their lives. Obviously it wouldn’t be something we would force on people, but it would at least give them the opportunity to change if they so desired.”
Wilton, it should be noted, was cured of his foot fetish after a knee injury.
Lauren Hebert, Health Correspondent