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If you’re playing Team Fortress 2 you can join me and some other milkies on our very own server now! It’s located in Stockholm so your ping should be fine if you’re connecting from Europe. We’re playing mostly Medieval Mode with some little surprises (but nothing annoying or game-breaking).
Server: Finn’s Fortress [24/7 DeGroot Keep // No Random Crits] (IP 220.127.116.11:27015)
You can also join us in our Steam Group by the way to connect to other gayming milkies!
New research from Swedish and American scientists published in the Quarterly Review of Biology says that it’s unlikely that we will ever find a “gay gene” but that homosexuality is indeed something that arises in the womb. The study suggests genetics which make a person more likely to be gay are passed from fathers to daughters and mothers to sons. Previous studies have already shown that homosexuality runs in families, leading most researchers to presume a genetic underpinning of sexual preference.
But to date, no major gene for homosexuality has been found despite numerous studies searching for a genetic connection. However, researchers from the US National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and the Uppsala University in Sweden now suggest homosexuality has an epigenetic link, not a genetic one.
The study reports that “sexually antagonistic” epi-marks, sometimes carried over generations, are transmitted through the opposite gender, such as father to daughter or mother to son during foetal development. “Transmission of sexually antagonistic epi-marks between generations is the most plausible evolutionary mechanism of the phenomenon of human homosexuality,” said study co-author Sergey Gavrilets.
William Rice, an an evolutionary biologist at the University of California Santa Barbara and lead author of the study, said epi-marks can determine the development of homosexuality in the offspring of heterosexual parents. “There is compelling evidence that epi-marks contribute to both the similarity and dissimilarity of family members, and can therefore feasibly contribute to the observed familial inheritance of homosexuality and its low concordance between [identical] twins,” the Mail reports Mr Rice as saying.
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The video below was made by a 13-year-old girl who was fed up with gender stereotypes about toys, sometimes going as far as “doctors” suggesting that dolls make kids gay. Her 4-year-old brother wants to be a cook, but Hasbro, the company producing the Easy-Bake oven the little lad wants for Christmas, makes it clear that boys aren’t really supposed to use their toys. The Easy-Bake website is even subtitled “Cooking & Baking Games for Girls.” If you want to sign her petition (which already got 24,000 signatures) you can do so here.
Meanwhile, in Sweden toy stores are already adapting to the changed perception of gender roles. Sweden’s largest toy chain Top Toy made clear that their toys are "gender neutral" after picturing boys holding baby dolls and banishing girls from the dolls pages of its Christmas catalogue.
"With the new gender thinking, there is nothing that is right or wrong. It’s not a boy or a girl thing, it’s a toy for children," they said. Other Swedish toy stores did the same over the last years after complaints from kids and parents alike.
Top Toy’s store in Stockholm, more pictures over here
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James leads a lonely life in a luxurious castle in which his parents run a hotel. He never goes out with friends, spends his spare time in his room and peeks at the hotel’s guests out of boredom. Generally hides in his room, to stay away from his wannabe-controlling mother, who has no insight in the life of her son, James is forced outside when a group of handsome Swedish football players staying at the hotel capture his interest.
When he finds one of the boys injured at the hotel’s swimming pool, James offers his help and smuggles the boy into his room and locks the door. Locked up with a strange boy in his own room, James experiences the complexity of his own sexual feelings and insecurities for the first time.
Thanks to director Marco van Bergen for submitting this :)
British scientist John Gurdon and Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka were announced as the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize for medicine today and will share the prize of 8 million Swedish crowns. Cambridge University’s John Gurdon won for showing that adult cells contain all the genetic information necessary to create every tissue in the body. That work set the stage for Shinya Yamanaka, who demonstrated that a relatively simple process could convert adult cells into embryonic stem cells.
That development is already opening new avenues of research, and it holds the promise of new ways to repair tissues damaged by injury or disease and also makes it possible for same-sex couples to conceive a child together. According to the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, Gurdon and Yamanaka have re-written the textbooks.
“These ground-breaking discoveries have completely changed our view of the development and specialisation of cells. We now understand that the mature cell does not have to be confined forever to its specialised state. Textbooks have been rewritten and new research fields have been established. By reprogramming human cells, scientists have created new opportunities to study diseases and develop methods for diagnosis and therapy,” a statement from the Nobel Assembly says.