The Camp Vamp: Katrina Fox

Commentary on GLBTIQ issues, social justice and some of life's quirks.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Choose Your Research (Gay Sheep)

In a previous post, I noted how researchers seem to have a field day studying all manner of phenomena and coming to various conclusions ranging from lesbians and bisexual women not hearing as well as our straight counterparts, to the number of brothers determining whether a man will likely be gay or not. Whether this sort of research of any great use and worthy of the finances and resources thrown at it is debatable, but hardly offensive. Not so the carryings-on at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in the US, which is currently under fire from animal and gay rights activists as well as other scientific experts for its 'gay sheep' experiments.

According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), OHSU is conducting multi-million dollar experiments, funded by US taxpayers, through 2008 in which vivisector Charles Roselli kills scores of sheep and cuts open their brains in an effort to 'cure' homosexuality in humans. By studying the brains of what he calls 'male oriented' (homosexual) rams, he hopes to be able to find the hormonal mechanisms behind gay tendencies so they can be changed. In other words, this person is hoping to find a biological basis for homosexuality in humans by 'studying' sheep.

What the fuck is wrong with these people? Can they not find a more worthwhile job? Like forging ahead with the creation of artificial sex partners and remote sex. American sex researcher, Julia Heiman (hehe), envisions a "multi-sensual experience of virtual sex" to be available before 2016. Teledildonics (remote control of electronic sex toys by computer), first conceived in the 1980s, is set to take off big time it seems, with the advent of modern technology such as broadband, streaming media, Bluetooth and mobile phones. A company called Sinulate Entertainment is at the forefront of the cybersex revolution, with its 'sinulator', a gadget containing a USB transmitter you plug into your computer, a receiver that powers any Sinulate-enabled toy and special software that allows you to control your lover's vibrator or dildo, even though they may be physically on the other side of the world. If you don't have a lover, don't worry: the helpful company has thought of that and offers the opportunity to "meet new people, join a community, or search [for] girls who want you to control their toy" at Well, if you're going to sit at a computer for several hours a day anyway, it sure as hell beats trawling through spam emails - the Sinulator retails at a mere USD $139.95 from

As for the 'researchers' at OHSU, feel free to send an email to Dr Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, requesting that OHSU immediately stop the needless use and slaughter of animals in these experiments and instead use taxpayers' money for beneficial research that does not involve the use of animals or for funding a sexual diversity acceptance and tolerance initiative.



  • At 7:32 AM, Anonymous emptypockets said…

    why not read about the research a little before swallowing PETA's lies uncritically?

  • At 5:14 PM, Blogger Katrina Fox said…

    So the fact that Roselli kills 'only' 18 sheep a year makes his research acceptable? Oh please! Read the work of Dr Ray Greek, especially Sacred Cows and Golden Geese - there are no ethical arguments here, he's an ex-vivisector who uses the medical industry's own 'research' and findings to show animal experimentation up for the scientific fraud that it is. Using animal-based models is a cheap way for drug companies to get their products on the market, and damn the consequences to human health. Using animal-based models allows lazy 'scientists' to make a name for themselves and pay their mortgage without having to do more indepth and accurate research. It doesn't benefit humankind - it hinders it. If you can't find the time to read Dr Greek's book, read this article:

    As for PETA 'crossing the line' - the psychopaths in white coats in labs cross the line every single day by murdering non-human sentient beings in pursuit of their pseudo-scientific claptrap. Kudos to PETA for lifting the lid on them - far too many of them work away in secret behind closed doors doing unspeakable things.

    As for the Animal Liberation Front - as far as I'm aware no one has ever been killed by animal rights activists, so they're pretty crap terrorists! They'd have surely failed Terrorism 101 and I doubt Al Qaeda would give them a job!!! Ironic how people rush to label ALF or ELF 'terrorist' and so easily forget that the women's liberation movement (suffragettes) and black liberation movements used the same tactics ie destroying equipment, property and buildings of the oppressor. Looking back, we call them 'heroes' (except for misogynistic middle-class white men, of course :) ), not terrorists.


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