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From Soy Feminizing to “Soy Fabulous”

Here’s a mini run-down of the woo-logic that is to follow, straight from the self-proclaimed soyologist, Jim Rutz:

Soy bean handing a dress to a boy and holding a gay pride flag.

Soy and the Boy by Jennifer Burnham

  1. Soy is very popular today.
  2. When soy is consumed, estrogen rises within your system.
  3. Elevated estrogen levels feminize you.
  4. Gay men are feminine.
  5. Pregnant women who eat a surplus of soy are feminizing their male fetuses.
  6. Male babies who admit to being gay later in life that are born from soy-eating mamas need to realize that it was from the soy.
  7. The rise of homosexuality is due to the rise of soy popularity.

How’s that for a well-developed proof of causality? According to Mr. Rutz’s “logic,” I bet if we ban soy from society, the homosexual population will die off completely and evolve out of our gene-pool; what a novel and effective solution! Let us delve into the “facts” that he gives us and dispel them, shall we?

Okay, we can go on and on about the soy and estrogen levels debate, but that is not the delicious, non-soy “meat” of this article. There is hard science out there that is currently debating the merits and dangers of soy-intake and hormone levels. I am certainly not a chemist or biologist, so I will leave it to them to dissect my edamame and decide if it should still be served at my favorite sushi restaurant or banned by the US Department of Health and Human Services. What bothers me most is the outrageous title of his article, Soy is making kids gay.

After he starts his article with claims that could sound somewhat credible regarding soy and estrogen levels, he completely loses me with this paragraph:

Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality. That’s why most of the medical (not socio-spiritual) blame for today’s rise in homosexuality must fall upon the rise in soy formula and other soy products. (Most babies are bottle-fed during some part of their infancy, and one-fourth of them are getting soy milk!) Homosexuals often argue that their homosexuality is inborn because ‘I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t homosexual.’ No, homosexuality is always deviant. But now many of them can truthfully say that they can’t remember a time when excess estrogen wasn’t influencing them.”

Excuse me? Soy commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality? Where is the journal publication on that one, because I would love to read it. Since when does estrogen-increase cause homosexuality? And does that mean that gay men have smaller penises than straight men? I have some friends that would beg to differ, but I digress…

If Rutz wants to argue that homosexuality is directly related to estrogen levels, here’s a nice scientifically-validated review he should probably read: Sex, Cells, and Same-Sex Desire: The Biology of Sexual Preference. According to this review, there has been no reliable conclusion that estrogen levels are related to determining sexual orientation. Even more recently, there have been contradicting studies that relay differing results on the degree of testosterone levels in both types of men. Brodie, Gartrell, et al (1974) concludes that testosterone levels in gay men are higher than in heterosexual men. However, Starka, Sipova & Hynie (1975) asserts the opposite to be true.

And how does his statement of homosexuality always being “deviant” tie in to any of his previous arguments? That statement makes no contextual sense whatsoever.

Furthermore, I would also like to know where he got his statistics of homosexuality being on the rise today; I doubt he takes into consideration the notion that more homosexuals may feel comfortable with “coming out,” in our progressive society today, and therefore it may seem like there are more homosexuals now than ever before.

There is just way too much here for me to argue against and I probably should not have bothered in the first place considering his credentials stem from a non-scientific background. After all, his biography touts that he is the Founder/Chairman of Open Church Ministries, an adjunct professor at Covenant Bible Institute and a copywriter in the field of investment and alternative health.

Honestly, if I would have first checked his credentials, perhaps I wouldn’t have wasted my time blasting this guy, but rather just giggled and clicked the “x” button on my browser. But the bothersome part of this article is that it comes up on Google as a self-proclaimed scientific notion, and common folk may take it as such. That is what concerns me; and that is why I felt obliged to dispel his grandiose and ill-informed statements. Now let’s hope that my blog comes up within the same search for “soy” and “gay.”

In related news, here’s a great video clip from the award-winning documentary “For the Bible Tells Me So,” discussing the nature of homosexuality and its common misconceptions. Interestingly, a study is referenced that could be considered to be in Jim Rutz’s favor regarding hormones and fetal development. Take a look for yourself and tell me what you decide:

Homosexuality: Is it a choice?

Brodie HK, Gartrell N, Doering C, & Rhue T (1974). Plasma testosterone levels in heterosexual and homosexual men. The American journal of psychiatry, 131 (1), 82-3 PMID: 4808435

Cecco, J. P., & Parker, D. A. (1995). Sex, cells, and same-sex desire: the biology of sexual preference. Part II. Journal of homosexuality, 28 (3-4), 215-446 PMID: 7560927

Starka, L., Sipova, I., & Hynie, J. (1975). Plasma testosterone in male transsexuals and homosexuals Journal of Sex Research, 11 (2), 134-138 DOI: 10.1080/00224497509550886

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11 Responses to “From Soy Feminizing to “Soy Fabulous””

  • This would explain a lot…I need to give my mother a call.

  • Terri Lackey:

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE!!! I LOVE IT, SOOOOO TRUE
    AND LOVE THE ILLUSTRATION!!!!

  • I’d like to see the double blind study that supports Mr. Rutz’s “facts”.

  • Avilio Vieira APA Div 44:

    The question I have to ask Jim Rutz is that even if his theory were true that soy creates an overabundance of estrogen; how does he explain lesbians? By his logic, mothers consuming soy and had daughters would have picture perfect little hetero girls. I doubt one would find much correlation when real research is done.

  • Good catch on this one, there are terrible jumps in logic in their argument that you quite correctly identified. It is a long standing problem that when a bit of interesting data comes out (such as the connection between estrogen and soy), someone somewhere will take that and run with it and go way too far beyond the data.

    I wonder sometimes if this kind of hubris comes from people believing that they are a genius or something similar, in that what pops into their head must be true because it makes sense to them, they WANT it to be true, and they are so intelligent. The antidote to that is to believe more in testability and evidence, rather than the highly-intelligent-person concept. (tangential I know :) ).

    • “I wonder sometimes if this kind of hubris comes from people believing that they are a genius or something similar…”
      I believe you are referring to the Dunning-Kruger effect in which stupid people don’t know that they are stupid. Unfortunately, the world is jam-packed with idiots who don’t know they are idiots. Some of them even become President.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

      • Erin McMichael:

        One of my favorite quotes and scarily apparent in society, “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” – Unknown

  • Alex Swan:

    Shouldn’t we all be gay then? I mean, soy is almost as prevalent as corn in our food. We should ask this Rutz guy if HE eats anything with soy…

    • Erin McMichael:

      . . .and at the risk of stereotyping, wouldn’t most (if not all) Asians be extremely gay?