Sunday, January 07, 2007

Gay Sheep

You thought you had heard everything?

Well, did you know that 8% of all rams, male sheep, are gay? (No wonder the knitting industry exists. I mean just look at what is made of wool and all those pretty colours?) It seems sheep farmers have always known this. Some rams ram other rams. I lived in Oz for many years surrounded by sheep stations(farms) and I never met one( a gay ram I mean). I didn't even know they existed. Oh, how my life may have been different. I wonder why this particular piece of information was not taught in Agriculture class?

It seems research has shown that the hypothalamus of gay rams are smaller than that of their str8 brothers.

Not only that, but can be shown to be so before birth. (The article was unclear about gay girl sheep, (lesbisheep?), as they said that a girl sheep just stands still when it is horny so it was hard to tell....I couldn't tell if the writer was being serious or not on this point.)

Now of course it seems the Religious Right are getting their knickers in a twist over this. They insist, of course, that being gay is a choice. (I wonder when they decided to be str8?) and they have put out a statement which, amongst other things, says that 'this could lead to homophobia being as socially stigmatised as racism'. Oh dear! We can't have that can we? Of course, if they could ,they would say that not being white is a choice...

A few years ago, some anti abortionists, including a leading UK Rabbi, stated that they thought that if it could be shown a baby in utero was to be gay, then it would be acceptable grounds for abortion....Isn't it amazing how such people think?

Back to the sheep. It was discovered that hormone injections given to these gay sheep had them wondering off and shagging the nearest girl sheep(who may or may not have been a lesbisheep-who knows, she just stood still.)

Now it seems Martina Navratilova is demanding that gay sheep be left alone. I quite agree with her, as odd as the situation appears to be.

I must have led quite a sheltered life for I did not know that in most species, a certain percentage are gay. In a USA(where else?) zoo, they have a pair of gay Penguins. They have been together a long time. Between them they nurse their 'egg', a rock....

Of course when it comes to human gay people, it has always been known, to me and most gay people anyway, that being gay is not something one would choose to be. It is thrust upon one. Who in their right mind would choose to be a social leper? Now being gay is not anything harmful. There is nothing about gay people that makes them leper like. It is only the ignorance, wickedness and hubris of the non gay people that make it so.

Oh and while we are at it, being gay does not mean that gay women are more male than female and nor does it mean that gay men are more female than male. That is such a stupid thought to have. There are of course both masculine traits and feminine traits in everyone, and in gay people too. Some gay men are more feminine and some more masculine, same with gay women.(Case in point,the only obviously gay thing about my other half is me.)

So back to gay sheep. Thank god for them. Without them we may not have this very creative pass time we call knitting....

P.S. There are str8 sheep, gay sheep and asexual sheep. No mention was made of bisexual sheep.


Marcy said...

Ha! I think it'd be hard to tell the bisexual sheep from the straight sheep. ;) But from conversations I've had with shepherd friends, I can tell you that the lesbian sheep (and they do exist) decline to be mounted by the rams. Go girls! :D

Jinx said...

Ah, never mind the stupids. Just go on. ;)
I did not know about gay rams, but it's just logical there have to be some. But very funny post. Thank you for this.


Anonymous said...

*interesting reading to say the least..thanks for enlightening us..LOL*
*Teresa *

Anonymous said...

*LOL* This is really fun.

Anonymous said...

Love it, Colin!! I knew about birds (I think the percentages are
about the same, but don't quote me on that) and some other mammals (eg
rats) but not about sheep....

Anonymous said...

LOL I love your writing and love your sense of humor! You sound like a wonderful person (one that i'd be proud to be a friend!) Life is too short enjoy yourself and yes we all have to open our minds to others! Hugss Marion

CP Warner said...

Brilliant, Colin! Seriously, three rousing cheers for this post. Shame on these allegedly religious people for their close-mindedness. And much peace and many blessings to you...

Jim Newman said...

Jim Newman here from the university that is actually conducting the research.

In regards to the Sunday Times article which is the source of all these wild conspiracy theories, it was filled with errors and false statements. In some cases the paper even reported the exact opposite of what actually occurred. In reality – the research was conducted five years ago. When announced in 2002, several gay and lesbian groups appreciated the findings as the data supports the belief that homosexuality has biological roots and is not merely a matter of choice. Also – we are not “curing” gay sheep.

I am pleased that a writer has thoroughly investigated the article. As he reports, the Sunday Times article basically a piece of science fiction made up by PETA, yes the animal rights people.

His analysis also raises important questions about the timing of the article which again comes almost five years after the research was actually conducted.

Here’s a link to that analysis that anyone who is interested in this topic should read:

A wolf in gay sheep's clothing: Corruption at the London Times

Also the press is beginning to print stories on how this science research was hijacked by PETA, the left and the right for political gain.

Here’s one story:
If only British press would say, 'My baa-d'

Annie said...

I've definitely seen a gay ram - he was the one wandering around the field with his fleece dyed in a rainbow;)

Anonymous said...

Good words.