Gay by Association : Finger Length.

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    Mar 25, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    I remember seeing this not too long ago on 60 minutes. there is an apparent correlation of index and ring finger to being gay. The research indicates that second born males have a higher tendency to be gay if the index (D2) is equal to or longer than the length of the ring finger (D4). Although the research is several years old, other correlations have have been made with the same analysis.

    http://www.unl.edu/rhames/courses/readings/homofinger/homo_finger.html

    as for me: second born male. D2/D4 = 0.985 . seems to fit the study. im curious, how about everyone else?

    Now i catch myself checking out everyones hands. perhaps this will increase my Gaydar abilities ...haha
  • rnch

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    Mar 25, 2009 3:08 PM GMT
    only second born? what about first or third born??
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    Mar 25, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
    I think third born fits the model too, according to the link.

    How do you hold your hand, and WHICH hand (mine varies)? I'm doing palms down and can tweak it so D2 & D4 are even, or D2 is shorter. Is it flat on the table, fingers to the sky, or what?! icon_eek.gif (I look like a fool right now too)
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    Mar 25, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    Second child here and both fingers on both hands are the same length.
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    Mar 25, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    1st born and same length.
  • Rookz

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    Mar 25, 2009 7:20 PM GMT
    I thought this study was debunked a few years back?
  • Timbales

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    Mar 25, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
    I'm 3rd boy, 4th child and my index finger is slightly longer than my ring finger on my right hand practically even on my left hand.
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    Mar 25, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    I think this study has never be confirmed by others
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    Mar 25, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    The more important question is whether or not the OP is pinching his nipple in his main photo.
  • Tyinstl

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    Mar 25, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    Second-born child, ring finger is significantly longer.

    Isn't finger length related to the amount of testosterone you have, too? I would really, really hate to think being gay means having less testosterone.
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    Mar 25, 2009 9:23 PM GMT
    seanp7 saidI think third born fits the model too, according to the link.

    How do you hold your hand, and WHICH hand (mine varies)? I'm doing palms down and can tweak it so D2 & D4 are even, or D2 is shorter. Is it flat on the table, fingers to the sky, or what?! icon_eek.gif (I look like a fool right now too)


    i measured finger length by bending at a 90 degree angle where finger meets the hand and measuring along the back of the finger to the edge of the knucle (90 degree bend).

    with my hand flat on a table, my index and ring fingers appear to be the same length. when measured above, i find that my ring finger is actually slightly longer than my ring finger.
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    Mar 25, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    Pinny saidThe more important question is whether or not the OP is pinching his nipple in his main photo.


    oh hes definately a nipple tweaker. watch out for that one.
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    Mar 25, 2009 9:32 PM GMT
    I'm a first-born child, and therefore also a first-born male. My ring finger is longer than my index finger. I'm also gloriously gay. How does that reconcile with this study?
  • dionysus

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    Mar 25, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    people like you are the reason 'the view' is still on the air.
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    Mar 25, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    Tyinstl saidSecond-born child, ring finger is significantly longer.

    Isn't finger length related to the amount of testosterone you have, too? I would really, really hate to think being gay means having less testosterone.



    No, the opposite: gay men with older brothers and lesbians have masculinized hands -- i.e., more fetal testosterone than when compared to their heterosexual counterparts.

  • MusicMan87

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    Mar 25, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    Shouldn't researchers know that a correlation proves no scientific fact, just that there may be a strong coincidence between the two? I learned this in like a gen ed level science class! I can see how it my be an interesting observation, but not much more...