ABSTRACT

This last chapter serves two purposes. First, it provides an opportunity to present a differing view of the morality of evolutionary research from that generally available in the literature. Second, it briefly attempts the more traditional task of summarising research. The first objective in my view is probably far more important than the second. At the risk of interpolating personal experience into a theoretical review I would defend this view. When my colleagues and I started researching this area after relatively placid careers in less controversial fields we were ill-prepared for the storm of abuse that broke over our heads. The gay media particularly had a free kick at our expense despite the basic and quite conservative research we were undertaking (counting heads). Once we had recovered, the experience was instructive and brought home just how emotionally charged questions of sexual orientation are. That this spills over into rarefied levels of academic argument is evident from the increasing numbers of homosexuals doing doctorates to push their career barrows (entirely laudable) and to help resolve their own sexuality (less so). Perhaps being straight allows a certain distance from the angst but the level of bickering, misinformation and just sloppy reasoning from both gay and straight commentators was annoying and ultimately disheartening.