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The Science of Gay
The Science of Gay - hochtirol.info
As a presence in the world—a body hanging from a subway strap or pressed into an elevator, a figure crossing the street—I am neither markedly masculine nor notably effeminate. Nor am I typically perceived as androgynous, not in my uniform of Diesels and boots, not even when I was younger and favored dangling earrings and bright Jack Purcells. But most people immediately read me correctly as gay. It takes only a glance to make my truth obvious. I know this from strangers who find gay people offensive enough to elicit a remark—catcalls from cab windows, to use a recent example—as well as from countless casual social engagements in which people easily assume my orientation, no sensitive gaydar necessary. The label fell into disrepute, but lately a number of well-known researchers in the field of sexual orientation have been reviving it based on an extensive new body of research showing that most of us, whether top or bottom, butch or femme, or somewhere in between, share a kind of physical otherness that locates us in our own quadrant of the gender matrix, more like one another than not.
Have We Met? Women, Gay Men Know Best
It's about some of the studies some scientists are doing to find other differences between gays and lesbians and straight men and women sorry, everyone else, but New York doesn't think you exist. It's a lot of the same old, same old - finger length ratios, birth order, left-handedness - but the article starts out by describing a new one - hair whorls. This picture describes it better than I could the gentleman on the left is the one who Dr. Lippa thinks is more likely to be gay : Of course, just like with all of these scientifesque studies, once you look a little closer you find that there really isn't much going on.
A hair whorl is a patch of hair growing in a circular direction around a visible center point. Hair whorls occur in most hairy animals, on the body as well as on the head. Hair whorls, also known as crowns, swirls, or trichoglyphs, can be either clockwise or counterclockwise in direction of growth. Hair whorls on the head parietal whorls have been studied by some behaviorists. Most people have clockwise scalp hair-whorls.