It's a soy!

More perplexing health news from soybean central.

Published December 12, 2006 9:20PM (EST)

Hidden in one of these cutesy "Eat these foods for hotter sex" pieces (money quote: "From an erection standpoint, anything that's good for your heart is good for your penis") comes the following advice for the ladies, under the headline "For a Good Time, Try Soy":

"Soy ... binds estrogen receptors, which helps the vaginal area remain lubricated and combats symptoms of menopause -- particularly hot flashes."

So, in part, please consider that your Broadsheet better-lubrication tip of the day.

But the benefits of soy remain as elusive and perplexing as ever. Immediately after that bit of plant protein boosterism, the article includes the caveat that "it's important to note that women who have a history of breast cancer should not eat large amounts of soy, because the binding of estrogen receptors actually increases the risk of reoccurrence."

Every time I see a health piece that mentions soy and women I get a headache, wondering about what exactly I'm doing to my body by eating as much edamame as I do.

But my confusion about soy has got nothing on Jim Rutz's. According to his column, published today on WorldNetDaily, when you eat too much soy, you get too much estrogen. You may be able to guess where this is going: "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!)"

Yup. Soy milk is creating a generation of little sexually confused babies with small penises.

Well, whatever. It's still excellent for improved lubrication!

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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