Homophobia’s Littlest Victims
For a long time I wondered whether science would one day find a way to eliminate gays and lesbians. It seems probable that it will.
But would most people prefer a society without us? And would they be willing to pay the price ethically if the “cure” endangered babies?
I always figured that the answers to these questions were easy. The first was yes — people generally speaking would never want their children to be gay or lesbian. If they could avoid it, they would. The result in time would be an entirely heterosexual society.
The second question I wasn’t so sure about, but I figured most wouldn’t go for it. The price would be too high. Might there be obvious dangers here? Would it be ethical to give heterosexualizing treatments to fetuses — who might have been perfectly heterosexual anyway — who would grow into adults and maybe have to live with side effects for the rest of their lives?
I’ve just gotten some more data on the question, and the answer is — definitely worth it. Side effects be damned. Let’s give our fetuses steroids, in the hope that they won’t grow up to be lesbians. Or uppity women.
The treatment’s efficacy isn’t even established yet, which says a lot about how eager people are to avoid creating more people like me. Astonishing.