The Science of Gaydar

Submitted by: buddy 9 years ago in Science
http://nymag.com/news/features/33520/

Did you know gay men are more likely to have a counterclockwise hair whorl?
There are 45 comments:
Male 591
Well, I have to say something about the guys playing girls characters in online games.

I for one am straight, and I have no problem against ga y people at all.

When I play online games or RPG games where I get to choose my character, I choose female BECAUSE I am straight, I dont wanna be looking a big muscely guy the entire time play that game, pixel or not its not my style, I rather be watching a female character doing that kind of stuff.

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Male 1,111
well poon hat stop being hypocritical and caring about what other people are discussing and get on those cures.
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Male 2,781
HEY I WAS AT COLLEGE GETTING MY SCHEDULE AND THERE WAS THIS GUY TALKING AND HE HAD THE GAYESTEST VOICE I HAVE EVER HEARD! LITERALLY, IT WAS AN ANNOYING SOUND!!

NO I DON`T HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST GAYS BUT DAMN THAT VOICE WAS ANNOYING AS HELL.

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Male 194
I think we should stop caring about what people stick there dicks in and more about why people kill each other.
Better yet, let`s cure aids.
Cancer.
Whatever.
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Female 26
Yeah a lot of you guys definitely aren`t reading this for what it`s worth. I wonder how many people who are bashing instead of reading are conservative rather than liberal.
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Male 8
TBH id rather stare at a female bending over fishing repeatedly...and repeatedly...in runescape than a male. Not that im homophobic, it just holds my interest longer before i get bored. ;x Also because all the female items are pooload cheaper. Take D-Legs for example..2.2 mil. Why bother when i can get a D skirt for 500k :\
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Male 432
Monsdurr
Male, 13-17, Western US
11 Posts Tuesday, August 14, 2007 3:38:20 AM
Fun fact:
In recent years, more and more males are playing as female characters in online games.
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I know what the explanation is at least for Runescape:

You see, SOME people that play online RPG`s only do just that. They don`t have much for hobbies... Not much for girls to chase. They look to their online RPG`s. They assume that every female character is female... And they like to give their girlfriend "gifts".

It`s a money game.

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Male 1,111
I was arguing in the `gay` population for male homosexuals I never stated I would argue the lesbian population. Why would you hardly agree? Because you don`t want to believe it?

Actually given the rolls men and women have assumed in todays society and that have changed over a long period of time to become more equal if not reversed one can believe that certain hormonal imbalances have taken place.

You`ve seen macho gay men and sissy straight boys hmm, congrats.

What you`re not looking at is that either:

A)They are anomalies in both ends of the sexual preference spectrum.

or

B)Their mindset could be affected by the imbalance of hormones or chemicals.

Now personally I believe being homosexual is a choice I`m simply providing evidence that might prove to the contrary.

The only fallacy contained within any of this is that you`ve failed to examine it from different points even those contrary to your own.

But I`m proud you learned such a big word.

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Female 20
Liquid, how would you, then explain the lesbian population? I`d hardly agree if they said we had a drastic INCREASE in testocerone levels in the last few decades.

That being said, homosexuality and the definitive signs towards manliness are in no way related. I`ve seen mucho macho gay men and sissy straight boys.

FALLACY.

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Male 455
All studies can be reversed in some way that becomes derogatory. For example, I have three hair-swirls on my head, and I know someone who, had he ever read this article, would call me, "triple-gay."
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Female 106
Yeah I saw this on Colbert. I think its really intresting!
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Male 1,111
Actually they just recently discovered that testosterone levels are down in men born in the last 20-30 years severely. Down in a few countries the worst, where proclaimed homosexual people are I believe.

Because of this men have felt less "manly" and more effeminate with more tendencies towards being female.

If being homosexual is biological, this is as far as it goes, simple imbalance of chemicals.

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Male 97
what`s the point about this research..they should`ve used the money on reasearching on how to make people accept those who feel attracted to the same sex..i really feel sorry for those who get left out just becouse they`re gay..and i have gay friends, and im straight, and im not dead yet! i respect them just as much, if not more than everyone else, becouse they had the guts of standing forth and telling people about the way they are born..and im in a depressive mood right now so don`t hate me just cause im oversensitive about everything *cries* :`(
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Female 130
I had trouble reading through the whole article because of the length, so i skimmed. idve read it all but its not a topic im really interested in.

But I wonder what it means that on one of my hands the index finger is longer and on the other the ring finger is longer....

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Male 281
Lot of fags here, eh?
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Male 2,216
Stupidest thing I`ve ever heard. My hair goes clockwise, and I`m gay... so theory not quite right there.
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Female 28
My best friend is gay and his hair goes clockwise (straight), but his ring finger is longer and idk abou fingerprints.
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Male 5
you people don`t get the point of this article.

the stidies describes in it sumply reinforce the idea that gayness is the cause of something biological and that it is not a choice, which is incredibly important on all levels to the gay community.

I thought it was very interestng

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Male 1,425
fascinating article indeed, read the whole thing. People who didn`t read the whole article shouldn`t be allowed to comment because they haven`t understood anything that was mentioned in the article, and just prefer to bash the article instead.
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Female 1,596
It`s from a magazine...They can put whatever they want.
I only read Newsweek for ACTUAL information. This is probably for page fillers because they had nothing else.
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Female 263
Colbert did it
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Male 2,958
^bam
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Male 2
He wasn`t saying all people with the hair whorl or wrong finger proportions are homosexual.. he was saying that of a group of homosexuals studied, the percentage of those who had these traits was greater than in the general population.
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Female 455
"It`s like saying if someone has a birth mark on their leg then they are a child molester like man..."

I have a birthmark on my leg... ;-/

Seriously though that was rather interesting- it`s not saying that all men who have hair like that are gay but they are more likely to be. I honestly wonder if there is a reason for it...

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Female 2,084
it`s so looong. i only read the first page.
interesting though.
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Female 23
Really interesting article, it`s nice to come across something intelligent when bored. It`s a shame so many of the commentators here either didn`t read or didn`t understand the article before putting in their two pennies worth though.
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Female 363
Well I`m going to see if that hair whorl thing is true then. :)
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Male 4,246
"-looks at hand-
My hand says I`m a lesbian, but I`m straight."

Weird; MY hand tells me to kill. Well, my left one anyway. My right hand just wants to get some pizza, maybe go to a movie, just get out of the house, y`know?

Oh yeah, the article: Fascinating. Although some of the reactions here are a bit disappointing. Ex: "It`s like saying if someone has a birth mark on their leg then they are a child molester like man...they are retarded!"
No, that is NOT what the article is saying. At all. Maybe you shouldn`t throw the word `retarded` around so much, D4N1.

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Female 1,002
"*depression*...I guess my boyfriend is gay lmfao. C`mon seriously who can believe this? It`s like saying if someone has a birth mark on their leg then they are a child molester like man...they are retarded!"

OMG I HAVE ONE ON MY LEG
LOOK OUT KIDS, OR I`LL MOLEST YOU

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Female 1,002
-looks at hand-
My hand says I`m a lesbian, but I`m straight.
Okaaaaay...this guy needs to do more research.
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Male 349
Didn`t the Nazis try to do something similar to this but with Jews and gypsies?
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Male 265
This article isn`t saying that every homosexual man exhibits everyone of these characteristics, only that gay man are MORE LIKELY to. It`s just supplying more evidence that homosexuality is indeed biological.
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Male 147
I slightly disagree
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Male 741
Fun fact:
In recent years, more and more males are playing as female characters in online games.

Also recently, there has been a spike of online lesbian activity.

Lesbians are gay.

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Male 4,012
Right, let me reiterate mmy opinions:

I`m ga y, but apart from my hair going counterclockwise, I do not have equal length on my index and ring finger and I`m righthanded. So I say this research, although is 7 pages long, isn`t quite accurate.

I however, wish that it is true (homosexuality is biological), as it`s a good reason to tell my mum I don`t dig girls.

So I say, keep up the research (if the research indeed does exist).

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Female 10
Wow.. that was really stupid.
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Female 89
I saw it on Colbert, too. I laughed so hard. I love that man.
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Male 73
yeah diabolical88, i saw it on colbert a while ago, personaly i think its BS.
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Female 26
Anyone who watches "The Colbert Report" regularly has definitely known about this for at least two months.
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Female 54
*depression*...I guess my boyfriend is gay lmfao. C`mon seriously who can believe this? It`s like saying if someone has a birth mark on their leg then they are a child molester like man...they are retarded!
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Male 4,012
OMG my hair swirls counterclockwise and I am homosexual! My index finger is equal length as my ring finger.

On a more serious side, which way does bisexual people`s hair swirl?

And I think us homos have a particular accent which is a good indicator, based on personal experience.

I also disagree the idea that we want to change it, in utero. I don`t want to change.

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Male 1,289
i dont have a hair curl...what`s that mean?
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Female 168
I have great gaydar. I should work for the milatary.
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Female 3,727
This is stupid and has absolutely no relevance on telling if someone is gay or have gay traits....

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Male 10,115
Link: The Science of Gaydar [Rate Link] - Did you know gay men are more likely to have a counterclockwise hair whorl?
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