I shared a pizza last night at Ci-Ci's with a most interesting man. Turns out he is a thoraic/heart surgeon at Presbyterian Hospital here in Dallas. One does NOT expect a doctor to be eating at Ci-Ci's but stranger things have happened, I guess.
It was late, about 7:30, when I stopped in for a bite to eat on my way to the pharmacy. He was in line directly ahead of me and had just ordered a special pizza loaded with everything. "Would you like to try a slice? he asked.
"Sure, why not?" I replied, So he invited me to eat with him. He was quite a conversationalist and, I imagine, quite lonely. In the course of the next hour I learned he had lost his wife to uterine cancer six years ago and had reared his two daughters--now nineteen and twenty-one--as a single dad. Both now attend Stanford.
He graduated from Harvard and we discussed everything, including how science and religion often come into conflict with one another. To illustrate, he told me something that I did not know.
He said that when a baby is born, as it goes through the birth canal, it gets a final "wash" of hormones from its mother, which determines its attraction to the other sex. Ideally, the child, if a girl, receives a wash of about 75 per cent estrogen and 25% testosterone. If a boy, that percentage is reversed. However, occasionally, the mother's body makes a mistake. Perhaps a boy gets a girl's wash, for instance, or vice versa for a girl. Then one is attracted to the same sex rather than the opposite sex.
If a 50-50 wash occurs, a person is bi-sexual, though that, he said, is extremely rare. "Most people," he said, "who claim to be bi-sexual are really homosexual who are living a heterosexual life because of stereotypical expectations.
Isn't that interesting?