Latest right-wing conspiracy theory: soya will make your kids gay!
Jess McCabe // 1 December 2007
Jim Rutz is so convinced that soya will “feminise” children, and, as he puts it, lead to a reduction in penis size and homosexuality, that he has written a five part column setting out his views.
I will sum them up in one sentence for you: My name is Jim Rutz, and I am a raging misogynist and homophobe who thinks soy beans are evil.
“I have nothing against an occasional soy snack,” he begins, but quickly reveals that, in fact, he has been whipped up into an edamame panic.
Unfortunately, when you eat or drink a lot of soy stuff, you’re also getting substantial quantities of estrogens.
Estrogens are female hormones. If you’re a woman, you’re flooding your system with a substance it can’t handle in surplus. If you’re a man, you’re suppressing your masculinity and stimulating your “female side,” physically and mentally.
In fetal development, the default is being female. All humans (even in old age) tend toward femininity. The main thing that keeps men from diverging into the female pattern is testosterone, and testosterone is suppressed by an excess of estrogen.
Yes, femininity is the same thing as being female, and soya milk will lead to the eradication of men! If there was any truth to the notion that feminists hate men*, Rutz provides us with a convenient solution: just give ‘um all a Starbucks vanilla soy latte.
And because homosexuality is the same thing as femininity, soy will also make your kids gay. I’m guessing that, as this argument is based on the notion that soy=estrogen, and the fragility of masculinity, Rutz is only referring to male children here:
Soy is feminizing, and commonly leads to a decrease in the size of the penis, sexual confusion and homosexuality.
I don’t know why he feels the need to add that he thinks “homosexuality is always deviant”, because anyone who has read this far will clearly realise he is a bigoted moron of the highest order already.
* In case there are any humourless anti-feminists out there, this is obviously a joke.
Photo by Zesmerelda, shared under a Creative Commons license