The science of gaydar: about your ring finger & your love life!

November 5, 2008

What does your ring finger say about your love life?

What does your ring finger say about your love life?

Finger length & sexual orientation:

The Science of Gaydar: The new research on everything from finger length ratio, fingerprints, handedness, voice pitch, hair whorl, & penis size.

If sexual orientation is biological, are the traits that make people seem gay innate, too?

A small constellation of researchers is specifically analyzing the traits and characteristics that, though more pronounced in some than in others, not only make us gay but also make us appear gay. Some of their research findings are reported below:

FINGER LENGTH RATIO:

The relative lengths of our fingers offer another hint: The index fingers of most straight men are shorter than their ring fingers, while for most women they are closer in length, or even reversed in ratio. But some researchers have noted that gay men are likely to have finger-length ratios more in line with those of straight women, and a study of self-described “butch” lesbians showed significantly masculinized ratios.

FINGERPRINT:

A string of other studies, most of them conducted quietly and with small budgets, has offered up a number of other biological indicators. According to this research, for instance, gay men, like straight women, have an increased density of fingerprint ridges on the thumb and the pinkie of the left hand; and overall their arms, legs, and hands are smaller relative to stature (among whites but not blacks).

HANDEDNESS:

At first read, their findings seem like a string of unlinked, esoteric observations. Statistically, for instance, gay men and lesbians have about a 50 percent greater chance of being left-handed or ambidextrous than straight men or women.

VOICE PITCH:

The same goes for the way we hear, the way we process spatial reasoning, and even the ring of our voices. One study, involving tape-recordings of gay and straight men, found that 75 percent of gay men sounded gay to a general audience.

PENIS SIZE:

One study that supports the hyper-masculinity theory of male homosexuality involves penis size. An Ontario-based psychological researcher named Anthony Bogaert re-sorted Kinsey Institute data—in which 5,000 men answered detailed questions about their sex lives, practices, fantasies, and, it turns out, measurements of their erect organs—along sexual-orientation lines. Gay men’s penises were thicker (4.95 inches versus 4.80) and longer (6.32 inches versus 5.99). The measurements, it should be noted, were self-reported and perhaps involve reporting bias, but no one has done a study investigating whether gay men are more prone to exaggerating their assets, so, well, draw your own conclusions.

The science of gaydar

READ FURTHER ABOUT FINGER SECRETS:
The science of gaydar.
The BBC sex ID test
Your finger length and your sexual preference.
Your finger length and sexually facial characteristics
More Finger length research

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One Response to “The science of gaydar: about your ring finger & your love life!”

  1. cul baiser Says:

    Hi from canada, good website. I should come back next week to see what’s new.

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