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New Research Indicates Gay And Straight Men Have Different Face Shapes

A team of scientists from the Center for Theoretical Study at Charles University in Prague and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic have released new research that suggests subtle face shape differences between some homosexual and heterosexual men.

But there's a twist.

"Gay Face" may be entirely inaccurate, according to the new scientific evidence. 

The report, published by the National Institutes of Health, indicates that gay men, on average, have wider and shorter faces, smaller and shorter noses, as well as massive and well-rounded jaws. In other words, gay men, according to scientists, boast "a mosaic of both feminine and masculine features." 

But don't let that fool you.

In part two of the study, anonymous volunteers were tasked with looking at simple headshots of men before guessing whether the guys in the pictures are gay or straight. Participants also had to rate whether or not the man pictured looked "masculine," without being privy to the expressed sexual orientation of the person pictured. Results indicate that the faces of homosexual men were rated more "masculine" by viewers, defying the stereotype that gay men "look feminine."

The abstract of the thought-provoking research is as follows:

Previous studies have shown that homosexual men differ from heterosexual men in several somatic traits and lay people accurately attribute sexual orientation based on facial images. Thus, we may predict that morphological differences between faces of homosexual and heterosexual individuals can cue to sexual orientation. The main aim of this study was to test for possible differences in facial shape between heterosexual and homosexual men. Further, we tested whether self-reported sexual orientation correlated with sexual orientation and masculinity-femininity attributed from facial images by independent raters. In Study 1, we used geometric morphometrics to test for differences in facial shape between homosexual and heterosexual men. The analysis revealed significant shape differences in faces of heterosexual and homosexual men. Homosexual men showed relatively wider and shorter faces, smaller and shorter noses, and rather massive and more rounded jaws, resulting in a mosaic of both feminine and masculine features. In Study 2, we tested the accuracy of sexual orientation judgment from standardized facial photos which were assessed by 80 independent raters. Binary logistic regression showed no effect of attributed sexual orientation on self-reported sexual orientation. However, homosexual men were rated as more masculine than heterosexual men, which may explain the misjudgment of sexual orientation. Thus, our results showed that differences in facial morphology of homosexual and heterosexual men do not simply mirror variation in femininity, and the stereotypic association of feminine looking men as homosexual may confound judgments of sexual orientation.



Such a simple process... If what you find is a hot guy that hits on you or tries to pick you up, you can rest assure that he into you. That's how I know, also.. if a guy consistently looks at you and he's not laughing his head off.. chances are good he wants to get to know you in more ways than one, well hopefully more than just one way. Stereotypes suck, they're ineffective and mostly childish and foundationless. Just take the chance by saying hello, and he's into you, he'll keep conversing and if not, you've saved a lot of time. When he is in to you however, just think how much better off you'll be.

the main thing is masculine gay men can "pass" as straight.

 therefore by default femminine gay men became the "stereotype" it,s as simple as that. i have slept with too many straight appearing and acting men for this to make any sense to me. effeminate gay men take the spotlight in media and in studies of this sort. but in my opinion, effeminate gay men do NOT outnumber masculine looking or masculine appearing gay men....have u checked the faces and mannerisms of some hetero men, especially in europe?  it,s ridiculous and is bogus this study...

Clearly you did not read the article, because the findings were exactly what you pointed out... That gay men were rated as having more masculine faces.

"...our results showed that differences in facial morphology of homosexual and heterosexual men do not simply mirror variation in femininity, and the stereotypic association of feminine looking men as homosexual may confound judgments of sexual orientation."

Aside from the obvious flaws in social "science" (code for junk science or science in service of political agendas), there is a possible major goof in the researcher's interpretation of the results. It maybe that it is not sexual orientation per se the face viewers were reacting to, but rather the safety-ness of the shape of the face and the corresponding feelings safety-ness elicits. More feminine faces, like animal faces that remind people of babies' faces, are less threatening and therefore interpreted as "gay" because gay men are less threatening to people generally. The less sexually aggressive, the less "straight" these faces will appear. Since the media represents  gay people as passive, adolescent, youth-obsessed, pseudo and hyper sexual, silly and shallow, it is no wonder many straight people don't like them.

If the media really wants to bridge the divide between gay and straight people, they might want to stop perpetuating the stereotype that gays are consumed with nothing but their genitalia and their politics (screwing and whining) and present them in a more grown-up manner. (A good representation of gay men was delivered in The General's Daughter where two career Army men are in relationship and doing their jobs well, for example.)

It's not the  private bedroom behavior that disturbs straight America---it's the outlandish and promiscuous public displays that make gay people obnoxious to adults---even though straight males are oftentimes just as adolescent, youth-obsessed, hyper-sexual, silly and shallow as gay men! They just don't act that way in parades, "tail-gating" parties not withstanding. :)

Looks to me like you're just trying to bash people for being themselves instead of accepting factual research. No human being in this world should take on a false archetype to coddle a closed mind. You're also a hypocrite because in posting this comment, you're engaging in the same complaining that you claim gays do even though there's no truth to anything you've said. Most legitimate straight people are cool with us existing. It's the lesser enlightened and closeted bisexual and homosexual people in our society who are the problem. Even still, it's not our fault that anyone is uneducated or afraid of their own sexuality so they can fuck off. If I want to put on a pair of purple glitter heels, wear a purse, makeup and skip down the street to "borderline", that's my business and in America I am free to do that.

Huh, sounds like someone has a problem with other people expressing their opinions, and calling the hypocritical kettle black. The previous response is EXACTLY what the writer was talking about. It is a lack of judgment and respect for others, that a very small number of gay people practice, that give our community a bad rep. No mature adult wants to see ANYONE flaunting sexuality in the street, be it gay or hetero. THAT is what most people object to. As for the "bash"ing and research - rational people will not see this piece at all offensive. I am openly gay and find no bashing, only someone's observation. And while I may not agree with all of it, I do find it interesting. Also, the writer's comments are sociologically and psychologically spot on (some of us have actually done "factual" research). Also, just because someone doesn't agree or accept your opinion, doesn't make them ignorant, uneducated, or even prejudice...that type of logic makes you, and me by association, look like an ass. I am not ashamed of who I am, my sexuality is part of who I am, but it is not All of there is to me. I had to respond to this because I am so very tired of this mentality in our community. Sure, we may be "free" to do whatever we want in America...but that does mean we should, or that all of our actions are right or appropriate to display in public, or that there won't be consequences. Respect will only be given when it is mutual. And if you want to be the center of attention by strutting your stuff down main street sweetheart, have at it! But don't be offended when people tell you to grow -up.

This is scrapping the bottom of the barrel for article subject say the least!!!!

The study leaves out that a majority of people around the world fall within the bisexual/fluid spectrum for their sexual histories. How many men are in the study? It doesn't say in the main parts. It's only Czech men, which won't work for faces everywhere. Most people think gay identifying men look feminine, which this study says isn't the case. Most of these studies don't use a large enough group to be accurate.

Good study , The degree of "gay" is based on genetics like testosterone or even of the child was raised by a single parent.

This is a social science study, which is not hard science. Social science is where judgement and perception are not universal as biology. Take it with a grain of salt.

We'll, I've got a small nose and big jaw line. My face is wide too. There might be some true to this only in that difference in hormones may subtly affect the shape of your face, but is not to say hormones or facial shapes determine sexuality.

 I dislike all this gay straight bi transgender classifications. we are just human and our sexuality varies but it all comes from the same place. Kind of like races. However, we don't put blacks in their own class of human beings do we? Not anymore, because we realized something.

 Out religions and gods, our differences in race and culture, and our sexuality, too, all comes from the same place. Our humanity. It is but a light fragmented into all the colors of a rainbow.

Lol I can look at gay guys and see the sparkle in their eyes and that annoying fairy look lol then the purse flies out of the mouth then oh you got a gay lol im gay curious i just need more testosterone i can look "gay" or straight and i refuse to die without sleeping w a girl women are beautiful creatures too

nonsensical stereotypes.  gay men include some of the most femme-phobic people i have known

Pure genius expressed with incoherent babbling.


None of that made sense.

I don't look feminine at all, this study is bullshit.

Yeah the only commonality between gay men is that they are gay.

I love this study I believe it has to do with testosterone and estrogen levels as well 

This study is crap. They are searching for a commonality when none exists.

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