Outing Through Vowels
BY Advocate.com Editors
May 23 2011 6:45 PM ET
A study conducted by Ohio State University psychologists found people can often determine the sexual orientation of men by the way they pronounce a, e, i, o, and u.
Seven gay and seven straight men were asked to pronounce single-syllable words like "mass," "food," and "sell." Study participants listened to the first letter sounds of the words and often couldn't determine the man's orientation — but upon hearing the vowel, the respondents picked the correct orientation 75% of the time.
"This is a phenomenon that occurs every day," Erik Tracy, the study's lead author, said in a release. "We are constantly speaking with people we don't know on our phones, and just from this conversation, we might be able to identify personal characteristics about that person, such as their gender, age, race or sexual orientation."
Read more here.
- Tennessee Hardware Store Puts Up 'No Gays Allowed' Sign
- Girl Scouts Return $100K When Donor Demands It 'Not Be Used' For Trans Girls
- Girl Scouts Raise $100,000 in One Day After Dropping Transphobic Donor
- Why These Four Justices Rejected Marriage Equality
- WATCH: Jon Stewart on GOP Reaction to Marriage Equality: 'Voldemort Has Risen'
- Op-ed: Why, No Matter What, I Still Can't Marry My Girlfriend