Soy makes kids Gay.
… or so saith columnist Jim Rutz over at WorldNetDaily.
I wonder if the Trans-Fat veggie-nazis who are making us give up our super-sized McFat Fries and Crazy Cowburgers are going to take up this crusade anytime soon.
“Put down the Kikkoman, and step away from the Tofuburger. NOW.”
Nah, I am not seeing it. If this article has truth to it, it would seem to work to the benefit of folks who want to femenize our male population - and effective reduce it as well. According to Mr. Rutz, babies fed on soy-based formula (up to one fourth of the infant population) can suffer irreversible damage to thier developing endocrine glands, and suffer hormonal imbalances that in girls lead to early onset of menses, and delay puberty in boys.
Supposedly, soy degrades into compounds that inhibit the creation of testosterone, which is crucial to male development.
Among some of Mr. Lutz’s other interesting claims about soy are:
Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That’s why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today’s rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products. (Most babies are bottle-fed during some part of their infancy, and one-fourth of them are getting soy milk!) Homosexuals often argue that their homosexuality is inborn because “I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t homosexual.” No, homosexuality is always deviant. But now many of them can truthfully say that they can’t remember a time when excess estrogen wasn’t influencing them.
So, we can now add Soy to the growing list of reasons why some boys love other boys instead of girls:
- supposed genetic factors
- early childhood sexual trauma (molestation)
- pre-pregnancy trauma (stress disorders and chemical abuse)
- exposure to (gay) pornography
- domineering mothers/elder sisters (Freudian theory)
- lack of strong father figure/broken home
- demon possession
- premature sexualization of youth/extreme permissiveness by authority figures
- normalization of previously deviant behaviours (not necessarily limited to sex)
- disenfrachisement of Christianity and God from the public sphere
Of course, I believe that none of these things, with the possible exception of the last, are by any means proofs of cause for people to “become” homosexual, although they certainly do nothing to heteronormalize people.
I think that they may work as factors together which may influence a person’s sexuality though. Sexuality may well be formed entirely before birth, but external or environmental factors are always pressing in and informing our choices and our experiences, which have a cumulative effect on how we choose to express that sexuality.
Some people are born with a disposition to sin in particular ways while not having a disposition to sin in other ways, but sin is still present in this world, and in our flesh. Much sin is built upon recurring patterns of addictive behaviour. For many, sex (of either orientation by both genders) is as much of an addiction as is crack cocaine or alcohol.
I believe that there could be a great many straight people who for various reasons and/or by training/conditioning, have never touched off the triggers that could “awaken” the homosexual desires in them… just as someone with a family history of alcoholism but seldom drinks himself, is not an alcoholic.
My opinion is that regardless of cause, deviant sexuality is but one of the many effects of sin reigning over a ruined world because of the single act of disobedience by our common human father and mother, Adam and Eve… but I see that I am digressing into a topic for another post.
The point of this is - trying to tie the incidence of homosexuality to the consumption of unfermented soy products is about as futile as tying it to any of the items in the above list. Mr. Lutz leaves us without any hard data to substantiate his hypothesis.
UPDATE: This article seems to be chock-a-block full of facts and figures connecting Mr. Lutz’s idea to some science.
Although I am still kind of leery of trying to peg a food to altering a child’s innate sexuality, as I said, it would be but one of may factors.
And besides, the argument we all need to think about is not the right-or-wrongness of being gay or this or that sin. It is about believing on Jesus and being saved, or rejecting His merciful gift.
Infertility, Aisle Three!
Mr. Lutz also credits Soy for being a cause of testicular infertility in males (again, lack of testosterone) and uterine hypertrophy in females, although I am unclear as to how that affects the ability of eggs to implant and grow to term. He equates this with the dramatic rise of fertility clinics in this country as well.
Given the sheer number of Chinese in this world, and contrasted with the declining birth rate of the Japanese, I would have to take a look at the occurence of soy in both diets.
The upshot of this is that most soy in Asian food (of which I eat of quite a bit) is in the sauce, and in things like miso (feremented soy bean paste used in soups and other cooking) and natto (fermented sticky soy beans), all of which, being fermented, have changed the molecular structure of the soy into a form that doesn’t put the damper on “the guys downstairs”.
The other soy (non-fermented “dangerous” stuff) is tofu itself, which in the Japanese diet is not consumed at every meal like rice is, but when served, is usually in portions of about three one-inch cubes of tofu per serving. And there is that green-tea flavoured soy milk, but I can only binge on that once or twice a month when we make our shopping run to the Japanese supermarket in New Jersey.
We generally avoid fast food outlets and anything that overtly sells itself as selling soy substitutes for its meat (if I am paying for a burger, I want semi-charred, ground-up dead ox-flesh on the plate with a trace of pink in the middle!)
Chinese food? Avoid places like “Super Panda” and “Lucky No. 1 Dragon” that have the easily recognized, grease and MSG-slathered numbered entrees like #48. General Tso’s Chicken.
General Tso probably never had to cook, since if he was a real general, he was probably preoccupied with fending off other warlords or bandit tribes to worry much about marketing his chicken recipe. That’s colonel’s work anyway.
Instead, go for a place in your local Chinatown (or a Chinese restaraunt outside of North America) - one that has a mostly Chinese clientele, and actual wait staff, and order up some real Chinese food and see how much of that has unfermented soy products in the cuisine. I have, and I haven’t seen much of it, if any.
As for other soy products, the aforementioned green-tea flavoured soy milk is quite popular, but is not exactly the national Japanese beverage either. Soy burgers may be quite popular though, especially in light of Japanese reticence to consume (especially American) beef as a result of a few Mad Cow scares. I think that the ongoing fertility issue amongst the Japanese is less a matter of actually making babies, but a combination of the karoshi (death from overwork) culture and the ongoing tendency to stall marriage and childbirth with it until much later in life.
And good science does show that fertility rates tend to decrease for older men and women, with a marked decrease for both sexes over age 40. I reckon that biological clock is not “just for the gals” after all.