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Despite the fact that David received every possible push to behave in a female-typed fashion and to perceive males as sexual objects, he developed sexual desires for women at puberty. When his mother Gender Differences in Same-Sex Sexuality • 33 finally confessed to David that he was actually male, he immediately assumed a male gender identity and eventually pursued sexual relationships with women. 50 We would expect a very different result if early rearing had an appreciable influence on same-sex sexuality.
The neuroendocrine theory is based on the idea that prenatal hormonal exposure in utero might influence sexual orientation. To understand this theory, keep in mind that certain regions of the Gender Differences in Same-Sex Sexuality • 35 mammalian brain are sexually dimorphic, that is, different for males than for females. 57 Most recently, in 2005 Lawrence Summers, then president of Harvard University, was roundly denounced after suggesting that one reason women are consistently underrepresented among high-level scientists may have to do with intrinsic differences between the cognitive abilities of men and women.
73 Children with this syndrome are genetically male, but because of a mutation on the gene for the human androgen receptor, Gender Differences in Same-Sex Sexuality • 39 their bodies are either completely or partially “insensitive” to the masculinizing effects of prenatal androgens. In the case of complete AIS, the fetus has undescended testes but develops female external genitalia and a female-appearing body (but no uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries). These children are raised as girls, develop and maintain female gender identities, and grow up attracted to men.