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    TiaRachel, kyril, fearisthemindkiller

    Gay people actually do have an ability to determine other people's sexual orientation.  Because they -- we -- are in the minority, such a skill is helpful for mating.  But we also have an interest in this skill because we know that there is safety in numbers.

    The interest of general society in detecting gayness in individuals is hardly so benign.

    "Simon Wiesenthal told me that any political party in a democracy that uses the word 'freedom' in its name is either Nazi or Communist."

    by bink on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 10:49:08 AM PDT

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      kyril, fearisthemindkiller

      Perpetuate the fetish of gay people as subjects of study -- again, not that the diary above has much to do with this kind of scientific investigation.  But from a sociological perspective, I wonder if these studies do not reveal more about the systems of power from which they arise ... than they do about gay people.

      I'd say that the penis size study says much more about the fear of straight men being the object of gay sexual interest, for example.

      "Simon Wiesenthal told me that any political party in a democracy that uses the word 'freedom' in its name is either Nazi or Communist."

      by bink on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 10:51:02 AM PDT

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