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Originally posted by wetac0s at 2010-7-10 09:54
Truly out of a sick, twisted, sci-fi movie, US scientists have proposed giving pregnant women a form of estrogen(congenital adrenal hyperplasia ) so that their daughters don't become gay, tomboys, or have any "masculine" traits..
you prove it once again, yep, you are a retard
As good ol' Abe Lincoln said, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
How prescient he was. How aptly the quote applies to you, Wetty.
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a heritable condition, and although uncommon, the flawed gene can be passed on to children.
Sometimes this means the child is born with ambiguous genitalia, or some subtle, but still abnormal changes, such as macroclitoris.
I think if you had genitalia which were not fully formed, one way or the other, you would be pretty upset. Your thinking would be, hey, this is genetic, and I don't want my children to have this problem if there is a treatment.
Let me say straight out that there are several issues all mashed up in this article.
1. Gender and gender identity
2. External appearance of genitalia
3. Sexual orientation (straight or gay)
4. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
There is a clear conflation at work in this article.
We all have 46 chromosomes, 2 pairs of 22 autosomes and 2 sex chromosomes. A biologically male individual has XY and a biologically female person is XX.
CAH is inherited on an autosome - not a sex chromosome.
The sex hormones include androgens (which masculinise) and oestrogens (which feminise)
Dexamethasone is a potent steroid, used to suppress inflammation in some conditions, or as a supplement in adrenal insufficiency
The most common genetic problem in CAH is a malfunctioning gene for an enzyme in steroid synthesis, triggering the pituitary to secrete ACTH, a hormone which commands the adrenals to produce more steroid, leading to overgrowth of the adrenal glands and excessive production of other steroids, such as androgens.
Thus a female fetus with XX biology may be exposed in utero to excessive androgens by a hyperplastic adrenal gland, leading to abnormal genitalia, which may be partially male (big clit) or fully ambiguous (intersex).
Let's not confuse the issue of homosexuality and gender identity, which are related but distinct issues.
Furthermore, let's not confuse normal gonad development and CAH, with homosexuality.
As I understand it, the primary argument for giving dexamethasone is to provide steroid to the growing fetus to promote normal genital development.
So, a paediatric endocrinologist upset some fag with a philosophy degree. *YAWN*