New Website Tells You If You're Gay
Humans of straight and gay persuasion alike have attempted to suss out homosexuals based on physical characteristics for centuries. Recent studies (including one out of Prague I told you about in 2013) have even attempted to link facial shape and sexual orientation, with a modicum of success. Artists Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach of the Netro collective have turned their curiosity of the phenomenon and the potential homophobia behind it into a new project, Gay Check Online.
Upon visiting the retro-dystopian-futuristic website, users' faces are immediately scanned by their webcams. A statement on the website explains that the image is then matched with the latest data on facial features and their homosexual implications, which allows Gay Check to surmise the visitor's sexual orientation. The verdict is revealed in unmistakable size 785 font, and presented alongside a soundtrack reminiscent of Blade Runner.
I kicked Gay-Check-Online.com's tires (pictured above) and found that it—like most who've had access to my live webcam feed over the years—understood without question that I am gay.
Animal New York says it's not just me. Everyone who uses Gay Check Online is determined to play for our team, even if they identify as straight.
Turns out, that's the whole point.
“Gay Check Online is not a practical tool but a statement," Asendorf told Animal. "This tool is as ridiculous as homophobia. It is a fun way to deal with the topic while the discussion itself is quite dumb and awkward for all of us.”
If that perspective alone feels eerie, the artist's deeper explanation of the project might tingle your spine.
“Reminds us a little of some Nazi studies," Asendorf continues, "where they try to figure out how the ‘only real aryan’ has to look like and how you could control it."
Putin's probably already asking Netro for rights to the technology...