The Science of Gaydar article in NY Mag

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    Jun 19, 2007 5:08 PM GMT
    Thought people might be interested in this article on what scientists are trying to study about "the gays":

    http://nymag.com/news/features/33520/
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    Jun 19, 2007 6:19 PM GMT
    Interesting article, to say the least, although lacking on the scientific end of the equation to be sure. I'd certainly be curious to know how well any of this "scientific research" held up away from the metropolitan centers of the country.

    I think my opinion can be summed up by a couple of sentences from the article itself: "Gaydar can no more be proved than a sixth sense... What’s being classified as fundamentally gay is nothing more than cultural signals that vary so much from one part of the world to another that they’re worthless as clues to anything."

    As for the biological aspect, there are definitely genetic variables involved...it's a hallmark of any genotypic or phenotypic characteristic. That said, I believe there are also nurture aspects working in tandem with those from nature, even if they only influence the comfort, if not the direction, of orientation.
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    Jun 19, 2007 8:12 PM GMT
    Darn, I can't tell if I am gay or not...I've looked in the mirror at my hair, and I've lost so much, who knows if my "whorl" is clockwise or counterclockwise?

    And my index and ring fingers? Which is which?

    I am so confused.
  • mcwclewis

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    Jun 21, 2007 12:58 AM GMT
    I thought the only way to tell was if they were wearing a popped collar....




    thats always served me well.




    Interesting article though,