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December 13, 2006

Soy, the "devil food"

For some reason, the Indians, at least in Mumbai (Bombay), are paying for home-delivered meals for their dogs:

More than 500 people have signed up for the Home-Care Dog Food service that caters to canines in Mumbai, India's booming financial and entertainment capital, said the owner of the business, Wasiff Khan.

"They tell us about their dog's likes, dislikes, allergies, and we come up with a meal plan for the month," Khan said.
This isn't really strange; it's simple capitalism. Here's Mr. Khan: "'When you eat well, so should your dogs,' said Khan, now experimenting with meat-based birthday cakes for his clients."

All well and good, so long as they serve meat and not tofu, because who can deal with millions of dogs that are gay?

I say this because Allah has linked us to an article at WorldNetDaily called "A devil food is turning our kids into homosexuals."

Here's the nub of the argument:
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.

* * * * *

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!)
I might believe this -- if Indian food were loaded with soy. But it's not.

I've already noted the supposed link between soy/tofu and low fertility ("Hold the tofu, I'm ovulating!") This article uses similar research to make a related argument.
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.

If you're a grownup, you're already developed, and you're able to fight off some of the damaging effects of soy. Babies aren't so fortunate. Research is now showing that when you feed your baby soy formula, you're giving him or her the equivalent of five birth control pills a day. A baby's endocrine system just can't cope with that kind of massive assault, so some damage is inevitable. At the extreme, the damage can be fatal.
Thanks also to Allah, there's a follow-up, in which the Scientific American attempts to debunk the soy-makes-you-gay theory. I'm not interested in the specifics. I'm interested in the fact that the writer made a stupid gay joke and then half-recanted by crossing it out:
Plus, there are billions of asians who are eating way more of it than most westerners every day, and you don't see them mincing about town in spotless waistcoats like Oscar Wilde now do you?
The guy apologized, sort of, in an update. But he needn't have. Oscar Wilde is a famous consumer of soy products. If you recall, the Marquess of Queensbury provoked the libel action by leaving a card for Wilde saying, "For Oscar Wilde, posing SOYdomite."

Extra: Ace says: "Maybe it'll make you gay. Maybe it won't. But face it, chances are if you're drinking soy milk and eating tofu, you're gay anyway, so what's it really matter?"