A simple walk down your local grocery store’s aisles will no doubt leave you a veteran to the current war on BPA. BPA is an abbreviation for a chemical called Bisphenol A. It is commonly used in canned foods and plastic containers and has been the subject of much speculation about its effects on humans the past few years. This has lead to the BPA-free movement; check out water bottles and the like at your local grocer. You will easily find bottles that tout themselves as BPA-free. However, BPA is just as prevalent in canned goods as it is in plastic bottles, but few canned goods manufacturers have made any effort to eliminate BPA from their products.
Up until just recently, BPA was considered to be a possible toxic substance, especially damning for those in the early stages of development. For this reason, many countries, including Canada and the European Union, permanently banned the inclusion of Bisphenol A in baby bottles. The United States has instituted no such ban, even as the Center for Disease Control admits in it’s own report on BPA that it could be harmful. View the CDC’s own report on the possible harmful effects of BPA here.
Raise the ante. A new study in the United States that has been released to the public indicates that laboratory tests on mice reveal that BPA consumption causes male mice to function more like females. Furthermore, observations indicate that female mice are less likely to want to mate with BPA-exposed male mice. The mice appear normal and don’t act obviously different than other mice. However, the females do not seek them out as potential mates, somehow cognitively aware of their “malfunction.” This has lead to rampant speculation that BPA in cans and plastic bottles can actually make people gay.
So, Common Sense Conspiracy took our usual spin around the internet to see what was the public’s attitude about these findings. To our surprise, gay message boards were lit up with discussion about the possibility that BPA is making people gay. All of a sudden, the “born that way” debate is getting a spin. But, as our loyalists know, we at Common Sense Conspiracy pride ourselves on filtering through the bullshit. And our bullshit alarm went up heavy on this one.
Problem #1: If BPA is what “makes” people gay, then how were there gay people in eras long before plastic and canned goods were developed? Hmm…big hole in the BPA-gay theory, isn’t it? Homosexuality is nothing new among the human race…there is plenty of historical documentation, including the Bible, to indicate that gay people have always been a part of the human race and most likely always will be. While it is conceivable that BPA might increase a person’s propensity to be gay, there is no reason to think that it is a root cause in and of itself.
Problem #2: Disregarding Problem #1, let’s assume that BPA is capable of making a person lean towards a homosexual lifestyle. For decades, children in the United States have literally been birthed on canned goods and plastic bottles. To this day, there is no regulation in the United States about baby bottles using BPA in their production. Some are eliminating BPA to stay ahead of public opinion and remain competitive, but this is only a recent diversion. Not only are baby bottles in the last several decades made with BPA, but baby milk is distributed in cans! Then there’s all the other sources of BPA that we are exposed to day in and day out…canned vegetables, tomato sauce, Chef Boyardee, and virtually any microwave meal distributed in a plastic container. BPA has been all around us. Doesn’t it stand to reason that if BPA made people gay, there would be a lot more gay people. Another problem with BPA Makes You Gay movement.
We at Common Sense Conspiracy want to make it abundantly clear that we welcome our gay brothers and sisters here at our site and encourage their participation. We in no way, shape, or form discriminate against those that engage in a homosexual lifestyle, but we do have a problem with scientific findings that make no sense. Now, if you want to have a spirited debate about whether BPA has been linked to causing cancer, that is a much different (and more grave) topic. We intend to post a lot of information on this aspect of BPA in the future. But, for now, BPA is not a “smoking gun” for the gay debate. Anyone that thinks so needs to check their facts.
Sometimes, my friends, it is what it is.