Scientist Discovers How Pregnant Women Can Keep Babies From 'Turning' Gay

cigaretteWell whatta-ya-know? If the fact that it rots your lungs, causes cancer, and is incredibly detrimental to the health of your growing baby isn't enough, new research shows that smoking while pregnant might "turn" your kid gay.

Yes, someone really took the time to conduct a study to see if there's a link between pregnant smoking and homosexuality. And yes, I'm just as puzzled as you are as to why.

According to Professor Dick Swaab, a scientist at the University of Amsterdam, a person's sexual orientation is pre-determined in the womb.

In his research, he found that women who smoked during their pregnancies have a greater likelihood of having lesbian daughters -- because of the chemicals and all the other junk in cigarettes.

Oh, and did I mention that pregnant women who are stressed also supposedly have a greater chance of their child being gay? And what relieves stress for some folks? Smoking. So if you're preggo and stressed and a smoker, I guess it's pretty much a double whammy.

I'm sorry ... I'm sure this research was well-intentioned -- but does this dude really think this information will convince someone who chooses to smoke during pregnancy to quit? Like, these women will wake up one day and go, "OMG. Forget all the other harm smoking could possibly to do my baby. I'd better put the cancer sticks down now so he/she doesn't wind up being gay."

(Ok, so I'm being a bit over the top -- but this is so ridiculous, it lends itself to a snarky tone on my part.)

Seriously, of all the horrible things smoking can do to a developing baby ... this is what we're worried about? Either this guy and his team have way too much time on their hands, or they have their priorities all messed up as far as what we should be most concerned about when it comes to pregnancy health.

Your baby will be who he/she is meant to be ... period. As for anyone who is careless and stupid enough to smoke during pregnancy? Having a gay child should be the absolute least of their concerns.

If you were a smoker beforehand, was simply being pregnant enough to make you quit?


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LeeshaE LeeshaE

Anyone who doesn't do something smoking or otherwise out of fear their child may turn out gay doesn't deserve to be a parent.

nonmember avatar meghan

I'm not about to take seriously any "research" done by a man named Dick Swaab.

nonmember avatar jessica eaton

Um. Who said the research was about making women stop smoking while pregnant? I'm pretty sure they were trying to find out if being exposed to chemicals in cigarettes in utero can make people turn gay. I don't understand why that is offensive. If anything, it could lead to more understanding about what being gay actually means physiologically. This article was really annoying and totally missed the mark.

Katha... Katharine205

Agreed with jessica eaton.  I wonder though, if it did turn out that there was a genetic mutation or environmental factor that made people gay, say like there is for down's syndrome or (I think) autism, and it was reverseable if people would do it.  I'm not bashing gays I'm simply wondering from a purely hypothetical standpoint.

nonmember avatar April

If this were true, I would think there would a TON more gay people, especially in their 40's, 50's and 60's right now.

nonmember avatar SickOfHearingIt

It's not necessarily offensive, it's dumb. Women have smoked throughout pregnancy for generations. In the 40s and 50s they had no idea how dangerous it was and everyone smoked, did all those women have gay children? No. The idea that smoking impacts sexuality just doesn't hold water.

Jo Anne Otterstrom

Scientists are becoming more and more like diapers, full of crap and making a big stink over nothing...

Todd Vrancic

If someone is not happy with themselves, and what they think they are unhappy with is reversible, it is conceivable they would change or reverse it.  That is why responsible plastic surgeons tend to refer patients to psychiatrists before they perform cosmetic surgery.

nonmember avatar Richard Nardini

This is unbelievable...I don't understand why they waste money on ridiculous finds like this when there are bigger fish to fry...cancer cures, multiple scerolsis cures...and the sad part is this crap makes headlines and the media runs with it. How about alerting the Dangers of smoking while ppregnant? Being gay certainly isn't one of them. How about the toxins that cross the placental barrier into the fetus. This is a right wing propaganda against homosexuality for sure. Let the one million moms have a ball with this dusie.

Freela Freela

I'm assuming this is satire, based solely on the name Dr. Dick Swaab.

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