Anne Widdicombe’s Right – We Want A Scientific Answer To Being Gay


She’s right in what she actually said but also she’s right in the far more basic question too. We would like a scientific answer to being gay, to the very existence of gayness. It’s one of those puzzles that it exists.

Nope, this is not to say that gay people shouldn’t exist, nor that their rights are any lesser – or greater – than those of any other of God’s Own Special Little Snowflakes, each and every other human being. It’s that it’s a definite puzzle that it exists given how we think we know humans exist, through evolution. Something that so obviously militates against having children is something that shouldn’t – not the moral shouldn’t, the scientific – survive down the generations, yet it does – why?

As to what Widdy actually said:

Newly elected Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe has been branded “sick” after she suggested science might one day provide an “answer” to people being gay. In an interview on Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday, Widdecombe was asked about her previous comments about gay conversion therapy. “The fact that we think it is now quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn’t mean that science might not be able to produce an answer at some stage,” she said today. “I don’t know, I don’t know any more other than people once knew that it was impossible for men to become women.”

Well, actually, we know rather more about that than many would want to admit:

But Ms Widdecombe today defended her comments and went further, telling Sky News science may yet “provide an answer” to the question of whether people can “switch sexuality”.

We already know how to do that. In some cases at least. The incidence of same sex sexual activity has been known to decrease when people are taken out of single sex environments. Prisons and public schools have been proving that for centuries.

“Now that’s all I’ve said. I do not imagine for one moment that the Brexit party will be putting forward a policy on gay sex changes in its manifesto.”

Quite so – given the number of gay people involved in the party I think that most unlikely too.

However, it is true that we’ve a scientific puzzle about people being gay. Because things which militate against having children shouldn’t really exist. Not after however many generations of having children it took to get here.

Which gives us some number of different possible explanations for how it is here. The first is that it’s not genetic, therefore gays aren’t born they’re made. This is clearly against modern social thinking but it’s probably going to turn out to be the right answer. But with a wrinkle.

We might say that being gay is a genetic mutation arising again in each generation but no one has managed to find – not believably – anything like a gay gene. And if it’s not learnt behaviour and it’s not encoded into the genome then where is it coming from?

The answer, probably, is uterine, as with autism. As, in fact as with trans, female brains in male bodies and all that. Something requiring surgical intervention to correct. The foetus, and most especially the brain, is conditioned by vast waves of hormones that pump through it while in the womb, determining bits and pieces of development. These waves sometimes leading to development not the same as the majority. We’re really very certain this is true of autism, we know absolutely it’s the case for certain forms of intersex, it’s claimed to be true of much trans and, well, why not about same sex attraction?

That is, gay is made, but made in the womb. Maybe.

The point being that Widdi’s right in a certain manner. Quite why we’d need a “scientific cure” for gay I’m not sure but we really would like to get a scientific answer to “why gay?” And, of course, knowing the cause of something is 90% of the way to being able to change the outcome.