New research by Essex University has suggested that the shape of someone’s hands could determine whether you are gay or not.
The study looked at 18 sets of female twins, each set with one straight twin and one lesbian twin. They discovered that the ‘gay’ female twin tended to have more ‘male-typical’ hands than her sister.
What are ‘male typical hands’ you may ask? Well, it means there’s a difference between the length of the index finger and the length of the ring finger. Women’s index and ring fingers are usually of the same length.
Scientists say this is because they were exposed to testosterone in the womb.
When it comes to male twins, 14 pairs were looked at. The gay twin had slightly more male typical hands, but the difference was less pronounced than with females.
So what does this mean? It suggests that if you’re gay, your ring and index fingers will be different lengths. If you are straight, then they will be of the same length.
Dr Tuesday Watts, from the department of psychology, said: “Because identical twins, who share 100% of their genes, can differ in their sexual orientations, factors other than genetics must account for the differences.
“Research suggests that our sexuality is determined in the womb and is dependent on the amount of male hormone we are exposed to or the way our individual bodies react to that hormone, with those exposed to higher levels of testosterone being more likely to be bisexual or homosexual.
“Because of the link between hormone levels and difference in finger lengths, looking at someone’s hands could provide a clue to their sexuality.”
It is fair to say that sexuality is a complicated thing, so gay people, if you find yourself with ring and index fingers of the same size, trust me, you are still gay.
Still, I bet I am not the only one to try this out? So go on, what do your fingers say about you? You can vote in the poll below. I will be fascinated to see the results.
Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.
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