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In the News (Wed 24 Apr 19)

  
  ABC News: All In the Family
They are part of a phenomenon known as genetic sexual attraction, or GSA.
Psychotherapist Joe Soll says that, "genetic attraction is an attraction between two people who've been separated...
But unlike everyone else, they believe their attraction is actually heightened by their genetic similarities.
www.abcnews.go.com /Primetime/story?id=2886819&page=1   (447 words)

  
  Genetic sexual attraction - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Genetic sexual attraction (GSA) is sexual attraction between close relatives, such as a brother and sister, who first meet as adults.
It is generally highly distressing to both parties, as this sexual attraction is contrary to their socialized sexual and moral structures.
Normally, when children are raised together in early childhood, this phenomenon is avoided by a form of reverse sexual imprinting known as the Westermarck effect, which appears to suppress sexual desire between siblings.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Genetic_sexual_attraction   (202 words)

  
 Mathair Áil - Genetic Sexual Attraction
At a conference a brave young man confessed that he and his mother had been sexual for three years from the time he found her at 18, until he was 21.
It referred to someone with a strong physical attraction to a relative and the writer asked how long it would last indicating it was an uncomfortable feeling that he wanted to get rid of as quickly as possible.
For the person who is single with no sexual partner, I feel this is an additional problem that I have no answer for, but if you are married, I recommend pouring out this unĀ­spent love and fantasy on your spouse.
mathairail.org /searchandreunion/genetic_attraction.html   (1231 words)

  
  Sexual attraction at AllExperts
Sexual attraction, in species that reproduce sexually, is an attraction to other members of the same species for sexual or erotic activity.
However, other examples of sexual attraction such as sexual fetishism or homosexuality do not seem to serve this purpose: until more is understood (and conclusively proven) about the nature and origins of human sexual orientation, the nature of sexual attraction cannot be fully understood.
It is thought that sexual attractiveness of a man to some women and gay men, is somewhat determined by the height of the man. In modern culture it is usually an importance that the male be at least slightly taller than the female for a long term relationship to form.
en.allexperts.com /e/s/se/sexual_attraction.htm   (1671 words)

  
 Genetic sexual attraction   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Genetic sexual attraction is the phenomenon where close relatives such as a brother and sister are brought up not knowing about one another and when they later meet as adults, they find one another highly attractive sexually.
It is generally highly distressing to both parties, as this sexual attraction is contrary to their socialized sexual and moral strictures.
This phenomenon does not occur where children are raised together in early childhood; in this case, a form of reverse sexual imprinting known as the Westermarck effect appears to suppress sexual desire between siblings.
www.serebella.com /encyclopedia/article-Genetic_sexual_attraction.html   (309 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Sexual attraction
This type of attraction often occurs amongst individuals of a sexually reproducing species, although in many species it serves no immediate reproductive goal – indeed, some sexual behavior among primates is undertaken as a social activity.
The initial attraction usually begins with the physical features of the human form and attire, and by a positive expression of the face.
Many people exhibit high levels of sexual fetishism, and are sexually stimulated by other stimuli not normally associated with sexual arousal.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Sexual_attraction   (1062 words)

  
 Genetic sexual attraction | Weekend | Guardian Unlimited
The term GSA was first coined in the US in the late 1980s by Barbara Gonyo, the founder of Truth Seekers In Adoption, a Chicago-based support group for adoptees and their new-found relatives.
The emergence of GSA both in the US and the UK coincided with the relaxation of adoption laws in the mid-1970s, which gave adopted children easier access to their records and led to an increase in the number of reunions between adoptees and their blood relatives.
Gonyo's reputation as the world's leading GSA "expert" came about largely as a result of her own experience of strong sexual attraction, when, in 1979 and aged 42, she was reunited with her adult son 26 years after she had given him up for adoption.
www.guardian.co.uk /weekend/story/0,3605,956454,00.html   (5851 words)

  
 Sexual Orientation FAQ
Sexual orientation is the term people use to define what gender they are sexually attracted to.
A person who has a sexual attraction to members of the opposite gender is called heterosexual (or straight), while someone who has a sexual attraction to members of the same gender is a homosexual person.
One theory is that sexual orientation is determined by genetic or biological factors; another theory is that it is determined after birth by environmental factors.
www.msu.edu /~alliance/faq/faqsexualorientation.html   (1277 words)

  
 Genetic Sexual Attraction
GSA can occur as a consequence of adoption, when the adopted children discover their true ancestry and seek out relatives.
It is generally highly distressing to both parties, as this sexual attraction is contrary to their socialized sexual and moral structures, as well as to the legal structure of society.
The theory is that close relatives, due to similar genetic makeup, may be genetically predisposed toward the same interests and have highly compatible personalities.
www.bordeglobal.com /foruminv/show.php/act/ST/f/116/t/16584   (402 words)

  
 Feminism and Women's Studies: Sexual Identity and Gender Identity Glossary
The existence and perpetuation of gender and sexual identities is based in the historic and continuing oppression (systematic mistreatment condoned by society as a whole) of people do not conform to certain aspects of society's gender roles.
Sexual identity refers to how one thinks of oneself in terms of whom one is sexually and romantically attracted to, specifically whether one is attracted to members of the same gender as one's own or the other gender than one's own.
Sexual preference emphasizes that some people feel that one does or should have some control or influence over the development of one's sexual and romantic attractions or sexual one's orientation.
feminism.eserver.org /sexual-gender-identity.txt   (2486 words)

  
 Letters: Love, or biology? - Salon
Genetic sexual attraction (GSA) is a well-described phenomenon in which siblings (who have similar genetic makeup and thus MHC profiles) will often become sexually attracted to each other if separated at birth and later reunited without being aware of their relationship.
Sexual attraction appears not to be constrained by perceived relatedness when uncoupled from fertilization.
Genetic and mating system mechanisms promoting variability and change would become increasingly important in populations unfit in their environments.
letters.salon.com /mwt/broadsheet/2006/12/13/mhc/view/?show=all   (759 words)

  
 Genetic Sexual Attraction - Reunion After Adoption Search -
This is about feelings of attraction that may be experienced by adults when they reconnect with birth family members from whom they've been separated by adoption - an attraction so strong and so intense as to be interpreted as sexual desire.
The attraction gives rise to a sense of underlying shame and guilt, together with a feeling of rejection that may prevent effective communication because the emotions are too threatening to share with anyone.
Similar genetic makeup can produce similarities in temperament, appearance, and other areas that are common in all birth families to a certain extent.
www.adopting.org /adoptions/genetic-sexual-attraction-reunion-after-adoption-search.html   (659 words)

  
 Genetic Sexual Attraction and Adoptees: Can We Legislate Morality?
The sister, in her twenties, wanted to end the sexual relationship she was having with her brother, who was in his thirties.
The brother she grew up with in adoption had attempted to have sex with her as a young teenager, so she was desperately wanting a brother she could lean on and trust to have her best interest at heart.
I do believe there is a phenomenon known as "genetic sexual attraction." Seeing it in action for myself, I am unable to find a psychological reason why those involved in this type of relationship should bow to the power of the masses.
www.txcare.org /atforum/geneticattract.html   (1213 words)

  
 Lost and found - smh.com.au
It is not unheard of for a birth parent and relinquished child to embark on a sexual relationship after reunion, usually with disastrous consequences.
In practice, such sexual entanglement happens rarely, although the Americans, of course, have coined a term for it - genetic sexual attraction, or GSA for short.
This was one genetic endowment I did not inherit, and she would have done better searching the corridors of university libraries.
www.smh.com.au /articles/2003/06/06/1054700381623.html   (2489 words)

  
 Genetic Sexual Attraction - Encyclopedia Dramatica   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Genetic Sexual Attraction is a nonexistent "genetic phenomenon" used by sick fuck adoptees to justify fucking their siblings after they are reunited.
In some cases it is also used by pedos to justify fucking their kids.
certainly there are questions about how pedophilic attractions can be expressed, but how can you question a person's right to experience their particular reality.
www.encyclopediadramatica.com /index.php/Genetic_Sexual_Attraction   (400 words)

  
 (PVW) Is sexual orientation inherited or learned?
If monogamy is a genetic trait, people who are sexually promiscuous are different genetically and hopelessly stuck in that lifestyle.
The root cause of sexual orientation is much deeper than whether a person is attracted to the same sex or opposite sex, it’s a matter of what determines sexual attraction.
Directly addressing the genetics of same-sex attraction, one study of identical twins adopted into different families concluded that the identical twin of a homosexual is slightly more likely to be a homosexual than a person in the general population.
www.angelfire.com /tx/PerryWebb/sexualorientation.html   (1061 words)

  
 Genetic Sexual Attraction - Birth, Family, Fear, Feelings, Genetic, Group, Human, Oregon, Physical,
This is about feelings of attraction that may be experienced by adults when they reconnect with birth family members from whom they've been separated by adoption...
The attraction gives rise to a sense of underlying shame and guilt, together with a feeling of rejection that may prevent effective communication because the emotions are too threatening to share with anyone.
Similar genetic makeup can produce similarities in temperament, appearance, and other areas that are common in all birth families to a certain extent.
reunion.adoption.com /adoption-records/genetic-sexual-attraction.html   (717 words)

  
 On the Incest Taboo
Many types of relationships, which are defined as incestuous, are between genetically unrelated parties (a stepfather and a daughter), or between fictive kin or between classificatory kin (that belong to the same matriline or patriline).
Edward Westermarck proffered an opposite view that the domestic proximity of the members of the family breeds sexual repulsion (the epigenetic rule known as the Westermarck effect) to counter naturally occurring genetic sexual attraction.
The family is a mechanism for the allocation of genetic and material wealth.
www.suite101.com /discussion.cfm/verbal_emotional_abuse/110499   (1862 words)

  
 frontline: assault on gay america: a 'gay gene?': is homosexuality inherited?
Although his data showed that human sexual preference "is amenable to study at the biological level," he noted that it was impossible to be certain whether the anatomical differences between the brains of gay and straight men were a cause or a consequence of their preference.[8]
The standard measure of heritability is the sum of all genetic influences, and it ignores potentially complex interactions--for example, the influence of the family milieu on the behavioral expression of a gene influencing sexual preference.
Michel Foucault chronicled the history of sexual norms by concentrating on the fluid notion of "homosexuality."[23] He denounced what he called "Freud's conformism" in taking heterosexuality to be the normal standard in psychoanalysis.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/assault/genetics/nyreview.html   (5586 words)

  
 GSA Finale Redux   (Site not responding. Last check: )
My sense of this is that GSA is a way of rationalizing very difficult to explain sexual impulses.
The attraction gives rise to a sense of underlying shame > and guilt, together with a feeling of rejection that may prevent effective > communication because the emotions are too threatening to share with > anyone.
The purpose of this project is to > normalize the appearance of genetic sexual attraction, while at the same > time > to differentiate the behavior of those who act on these erotic impulses > from > those who do not.
www.ndacan.cornell.edu /cmrlpostings/msg03785.html   (2828 words)

  
 Is Homosexuality Genetic? NO but the way we consider homosexuality in our culture is an ethical and a moral question?
In commenting on the brain and sexual behavior, Dr. Mark Breedlove, a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, demonstrated that sexual behavior has an effect on the brain.
If homosexuality were in the genetic code, all of the identical twins would have been homosexual.
For some it is easier, and less emotionally disruptive, to contemplate changing sexual orientation, than to disengage from a religious way of life that is seen as completely central to the individual's sense of self and purpose....
dunamai.com /articles/Christian/is_homosexuality_genetic.htm   (1094 words)

  
 !!! ZIG AND ZAG'S OPEN DISCUSSION FORUM !!!
A report from the Journal of Genetic Counseling indicates that cousin couples have only 2 percent more of a chance of having children with birth defects as compared to unrelated couples.
Genetic sexual attraction is not a phenomenon that is exclusive to sibling couples.
But she soon began to understand her feelings to be genetic sexual attraction.
pub44.bravenet.com /forum/3778865049/fetch/840483   (1239 words)

  
 ABC
While both people will be upset and ashamed, sexual feelings bring security and a sense of being special to each other which they need to feel and may not exist for them in other ways.
Something they long for and need (the genetic attraction) has swiftly become the other side of the polarity and something they fear and are ashamed of (the genetic sexual attraction).
The desire for time together without the presence of other family members and spouses may be interpreted by the reunited parties or others as odd...it isn't...it is one example of how the needs of adult adoptees and their adult reunited birth relatives are different than what would be normal if everyone had grown up together.
www.adoption.on.ca /attract.html   (1045 words)

  
 UCL News
Today, he insists that it is essential to distinguish GSA from incest, and especially from child abuse.
Body odour, too, held an especially powerful attraction: there was, says Dr Greenberg, frequent fascination with a relative’s characteristic smell – acknowledged to be a potent factor in both human and animal attraction – as well as the feel of their skin and the sound of their voice.
More crucially, the existence of GSA, as distinct from habitual incest and child abuse within families, raises fundamental issues concerning sexual attraction, as well as with the origins of the ‘incest taboo’;.
www.ucl.ac.uk /news-archive/in-the-news/2003/May-2003/latest/newsitem.shtml?itn053009   (358 words)

  
 homosexuality
Anyone observing the development of a baby into a child cannot avoid the conclusion that his or her sexual attraction choice is present far before puberty.
Thus, when it is time for the chemical reactions to select the sexual attraction program, one would expect, from a simple chemical argument, that some fraction would not go the appropriate way.
They are homosexual at birth but there is nothing unusual about their genetic makeup because it does not have a genetic cause.
www.krysalis.net /homosexuality.htm   (1791 words)

  
 Genetic Sexual Attraction and Reunion for Adoptees and Birth Family Members GSA -
Genetic Sexual Attraction and Reunion for Adoptees and Birth Family Members GSA
This is about feelings of attraction that may be experienced by adults when they reconnect with birth family members from whom they've been separated by adoption...
Particularly noted in the case of adopted children who are subsequently reunited with the biological parent or sibling of the opposite sex, seemingly because the normal bonding mechanism has been disrupted.
www.adopting.org /adoptions/genetic-sexual-attraction-and-reunion-for-adoptees-and-birth-family-members-gsa.html   (694 words)

  
 Don't pair up with matching genes - being-human - 05 January 2007 - New Scientist
The study revealed that as MHC genetic similarities increased, it was the women who were the most dramatically affected.
They were less sexually responsive to their partners, more likely to have affairs, and more attracted to other males, particularly during fertile days of their menstrual cycles, Garver-Apgar says.
Garver-Apgar and her team suggest that the MHC targets human behaviours, essentially controlling sexual attraction, perhaps in order to help to produce offspring with a broad spectrum of immunity.
www.newscientist.com /article/dn10847-dont-pair-up-with-matching-genes.html   (571 words)

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