Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Two more books to review, on gays in the military and on gender
Two more books got onto my reading list for more detailed reviews soon.
One is Lee Klein’s self-published “Two Journeys to One Wondrous Life”, from iUniverse (2018). The author was born in 1924 and provides an early example of a covert gay man in the military, long before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (and its 2011 repeal). He served in military intelligence as an enlisted man during WWII and then as an aircraft carrier pilot in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The other is a big 2017 update of a 2005 book “Why Gender Matters”, by Loenard Sax, MD, from Harmony books.
I browsed through his chapter on sexual orientation. He does subscribe to the theory that male homosexuality is often related to epigenetics in latter born sons of a family, and sees it as biologically “normal”. He does not see transgenderism as medically “normal”, however. He also gets into whether “sissy” boys are more like to be homosexual, and vice versa, and the answer is, sometimes, but not always. A large segment of the gay male population, probably a majority of it, is still very “cis” and fully competitive physically with heterosexual men. But a certain population of gay men try to look like women to attract straight me, he thinks; and transgender claims often disappear as girls grow up. But he does take on the unusual “Lady Valor” life histories.
This is going to be interesting.