My friend and former co-worker/drudge to Arianna Huffington, Adriana, always keeps her eyes peeled for me for news of the queer while she’s blogging for Takepart.com. Adriana tipped me off to Scientific American blogger Jesse Bering’s recent piece about a study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology regarding the human ability to distinguish men’s sexual orientation based solely on their face.
In a series of experiments, starting with full faces and dwindling down to only the eye and mouth regions, participants were more often than not able to identify the sexual orientation of the man whose face or facial feature they were viewing. I find it easy to identify a gay man’s face cause there’s usually a dick on it.
The scientists who conducted said experiments suggest this innate knowledge is an evolutionary tool for women to know which men “aren’t worth the trouble and for men to know who’s not really a sexual competitor.” While perusing UrbanDictionary.com, Bering comes across two definitions for so-called, “gay face.” One suggests that us gay men have mongoloid features which Bering quickly dismisses as derogatory and having no evidence although I hear Corky from Life Goes On knows how to work that tongue. The second Urban Dictionary definition begins with a twinge of possible logic:
The use of certain expressions can become ingrained in the musculature of the face over time. Since effeminate gay men utilize similar facial expressions as women, they develop female aging and muscle contraction patterns in their face.
But quickly veers off course:
For example, gay face includes tightness around the mouth from pursing the lips, a facial expression common to gay men and women—but not to heterosexual men. Also, gay men are more emotionally expressive, leading to a general ‘tightness’ and muscular activation throughout the entire face. Gay face includes an eye expression that is both surprised-looking and predatory. Eyebrows are usually arched higher than that of straight men, and eyebrow hair is manicured.
Now I resent that. That is not a shocked or predatory look on my face, that is me smiling with my eyes. I’m not thinking of little boy dick, I’m thinking of bunny rabbits and rainbows. Furthermore, I love a natural brow on a man. I discourage the manicuring of one’s eyebrows unless you’re Fyvush Finkel or Gene Shalit. Now if I could just learn to smile with my mouth. And suck dick.
See also: Physiognomy