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Gay men perform worse than straight men at certain visuospatial tasks like mental rotation and targeting while women and gay men use the same navigational strategies of nearby-landmarks.
The verbal fluency and memory of gay men exceeds that of other men, mirroring that of women.
A contemporary witness: "they rather fancy themselves as women, imitating all the little vanities that custom has reconciled to the female sex, affecting to speak, walk, tattle, curtsy, cry, scold, and to mimic all the manner of effeminacy that ever has fallen within their several observations." Historical examples of possibly gay men include the Greek/Roman kinaidos/cinaedi and Native American berdaches.
The former were thought of as effeminate not just because they took the receptive role in anal sex, but because they were also feminine in dress and manner.
Science, though, is late to linking sexuality with gender expression.
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, the first openly gay man, argued in pamphlets starting in 1864 that " an Urning [his coinage for a gay male] is not a man, but is a type of hermaphrodite, a man-woman with the sexual orientation of a woman," a "third sex." Ulrichs used the Latin phrase anima muliebris virili corpore inclusa (the soul of a woman in the body of man) to sum up his theory: "Distinct from the feminine persuasion of our sexual drive, we Urnings have still another feminine trait in us which, so it seems to me, offers the most positive proof that nature developed the physical male germ in us, yet mentally, the feminine one." A century before Ulrichs, molly houses existed in 18th century England whose participants engaged in feminine behavior.
In the interest of working with a common source accessible to all, can anyone find gay men on You Tube who are not at least somewhat effeminate? ) An effeminate ex-boyfriend of mine could flirt with women better than any other man I've seen.But there's an important caveat that the gay activists don't mention when trumpeting this good news.The science ties sexual orientation to gender, the sense of being masculine or feminine.The results: 87% of heterosexual targets and 75% of homosexual targets were accurately judged.
In other words, people can pick up on non-sexual cues like movement, speech, and appearance to correctly assess whether someone is gay or not.The other twins on the 60 Minutes program were Steve and Greg, two young adults.