Scientists Discover Shape Differences Between Faces Of Gay And Straight Men

by • November 3, 2013 • LGBT, ScienceComments (0)71531

New scientific findings from the Center for Theoretical Study at Charles University in Prague, and The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, indicate there is a very clear difference between the faces of straight men and the faces of gay men.  Perhaps the most intriguing discovery in the mountain of data collected by the team is that the faces of gay men were consistently ranked as more masculine than the faces of straight men.

The following is the study’s abstract published recently by the U.S. National Institutes of Health: “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.”

If the faces of gay and straight men are now proven to be different, one thing that will unite us forever is our search for happiness.  Earlier this year, Harvard released the results of its epic study of what it takes for men to live a happy life; a study which has been 75 years in the making.  It’s an absolute must read, and you can check it out in full by CLICKING HERE.  Scientists have also recently discovered the evolutionary function of homosexuality, and you can read more about that by CLICKING HERE.  And what about that stunner of a masculine face pictured above?  Yes, he’s gay, and his name is Ronan Farrow (be still my heart).

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