So, you can instantly spot the gay guys!
Here’s some more things to consider, which I barely comment on — it’s all just so clear what they say: something is going on — somehow this is natural, we are different, and every body knows it. So now the question is what to do about — and again, you’re not going to condemn this out of us. And it has nothing to do with political choices.
Now, it certainly is the case that, for most organisms which utilize sex, heterosexual sex is required for propagation. But consider- not all species employ strictly monogamous sexual strategies. For many species, males compete for control of several females, meaning that there are many males who are left out in the cold, so to speak, with nothing but each other and raging libidos. One hypothesis fits this scenario- homosexuality occurs in these organisms to placate the male aggression that is left over after competition for females.
The above link points to a very interesting research (Brief exposures: Male sexual orientation is accurately perceived at 50 ms). The experimenters showed a series of faces to the subjects and the subjects could identify with 57% accuracy which of them were homosexual. The homosexual photos were taken from a gay dating site. To check their results, they included a second round where they included photos from Facebook, finding the same results.
The authors conclude that “The finding that male sexual orientation can be accurately perceived in such a short period of time is striking,” the researchers said. “Although previous work has shown that ‘thin slices’ of behaviour are remarkably rich in providing information about people, none have sliced as thin as 50ms.”
Brief exposures: Male sexual orientation is accurately perceived at 50 ms (cute, “brief exposures” – is the pun on underwear and public speedo wearing intentional or not?)
Nicholas O. Rule, a, and Nalini Ambadya
a Tufts University, Department of Psychology, 490 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155, USA
Received 4 January 2007; revised 27 November 2007. Available online 16 December 2007.
People have proved adept at categorizing others into social categories, at least when the categorical distinction is perceptually obvious (e.g., age, race, or gender). There remain many social groups whose boundaries are less clear, however. The current work therefore tested judgments of an ambiguous social category (male sexual orientation) from faces shown for durations between 33 ms and 10,000 ms. The sexual orientation of faces presented for 50 ms, 100 ms, 6500 ms, 10,000 ms, and at a self-paced rate (averaging 1500 ms), was categorized at above-chance levels with no decrease in accuracy for briefer exposures. Previous work showing impression formation at similar speeds relied on consensus to determine the validity of judgments. The present results extend these findings by providing a criterion for judgmental accuracy—actual group membership.
Here, some more:
Twenty-two male and sixty-eight female undergrads were presented with photos of 90 men’s faces (half were homosexual) for either 33ms, 50ms, 6500ms or 10,000ms. The anonymous photos were taken from an internet dating site where posters stated their sexual orientation. Any photos featuring facial hair, glasses or jewelery were not used.
At 33ms, the presentation was too quick for the students to consciously ‘see’ the faces and, perhaps unsurprisingly, their ability to determine the men’s sexuality was no better than if they were simply guessing. However, at 50ms – just long enough for the faces to be consciously seen – the students’ accuracy grew to 57 per cent, which is significantly better than chance performance. Accuracy didn’t increase with the longer exposure times, suggesting that all the relevant information for making the judgment had already been extracted by 50ms.
In a second study, the researchers guarded against the possibility that the men in the dating photographs had deliberately accentuated their sexuality. This time photos were taken from the social website Facebook, where they had been posted by people other than the subjects of the photos (so deliberate accentuation of sexuality was less likely). Hairstyles were also removed from the photos. Again, from just a 50ms exposure to men’s faces, the 15 undergraduate participants were able to recognise the men’s sexual orientation with an accuracy better than chance.
“The finding that male sexual orientation can be accurately perceived in such a short period of time is striking,” the researchers said. “Although previous work has shown that ‘thin slices’ of behaviour are remarkably rich in providing information about people, none have sliced as thin as 50ms.”
So, You can spot us from a mile away – we call it gaydar. It’s what leads to gay bashing.
And because you can spot us, you should conclude — well, that’s natural, that’s real. And deal with it.
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