. . .this has led to a spirited response among Yahoo readers. Some of them question why this research is necessary in the first place. . .
Our latest 60 Minutes segment may provide scientific proof of ‘gaydar’ – that inexplicable sense that detects whether someone is gay or straight.
Through scientific research, this compelling piece also poses some provocative questions about the nature of human sexuality. Researchers have discovered statistical patterns pointing to who is likely to be gay in a family. These patterns suggest a genetic link. They also have found evidence that genetics are likely not alone in determining sexuality, that hormones may enter into the equation along with antibodies created by mothers during pregnancy.
The segment highlights research into human behavior – whether you can tell if someone is gay by their movements and speech patterns. And surprisingly, or perhaps not so, in most cases it appears you can – a phenomenon that researchers call a ‘feminizing’ of the brain in men, for example.
All of this has led to a spirited response among Yahoo readers. Some of them question why this research is necessary in the first place. Afterall, do we put this much thought and research into why someone is left-handed, for example? Perhaps we do? And how will this research be used – to ‘cure’ gay people? Or to understand and finally put to bed the question of whether it is a choice to be gay?
All in all, this segment is one of the most fascinating we have published in the Yahoo! News-60 Minutes partnership.