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Public Opinion Poll: Gayface

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Once and for all, is gayface a real phenomenon, worthy of 230-word definitions, or is it merely another device used to propagate the gays’ “other” status?

By:           Queerty
On:           Mar 17, 2009
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  • 15 Comments
    • rogue dandelion
      rogue dandelion

      plenty of men have expressive faces, regardless of orientation.
      but if anderson cooper, or chace crawford have it, i want it.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 12:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sam
      sam

      “Hey you, with the gay face!” is one of the funnier things I’ve read on the internet in a while.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • thisismikesother
      thisismikesother

      Anderson does not have gayface, but other people certainly do, though I can’t name a celebrity that does. I know a few gays in my everyday life though.

      Five bucks says Psych 101 students at some school are going to volunteer to determine if gayface is a real phenomenon or not.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • osocubano
      osocubano

      Ooookay… hadn’t heard about this.
      What does a “straight” face look like?

      Mar 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonathan
      Jonathan

      haha… wait, is “gayface” the face, or the gay? the condition or the patient? either way, i don’t buy it.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 1:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Miss Understood
      Miss Understood

      I think it’s real but cultural. Foreign guys from almost everywhere else look gay to an American until you hear the accent.
      Gender appropriate mannerisms are cultural. European guys will look you in the eyes and smile broadly when they talk to you, something straight American guys don’t do much. It looks so flirty from an American perspective.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nick
      Nick

      Jonathan, you know ‘gayface’ when you see it. In my experience the biggest contributor to gayface is eyebrow shaping (and makeup).

      FTR, I don’t think Anderson Cooper or Chace Crawford have gayface.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 2:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nick
      Nick

      http://gayface.typepad.com/

      The banner provides some good examples.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RainaWeather
      RainaWeather

      @Nick: I agree. Lance Bass has “gay face” and it’s all in the eyebrows

      Mar 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • getreal
      getreal

      I don’t think Anderson Cooper has gay face but has anyone seen a picture of Tyler Perry recently? Epic gay face.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stop! Or My Daddy Will Shoot!
      Stop! Or My Daddy Will Shoot!

      I would be more than happy to help Chase Crawford overcome his gayface. PROBLEM SOLVED.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dwight Supremacy
      Dwight Supremacy

      No, gay face exists, but who cares. Ugh.

      Mar 17, 2009 at 4:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • afrolito
      afrolito

      It certainly exists, and Anderson certainly has it from time to time….but who gives a shit really?

      Mar 17, 2009 at 9:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan
      Dan

      @Dwight Supremacy: I heartily agree.

      Mar 18, 2009 at 2:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryan
      Ryan

      Haven’t there been studies where volunteers were given pictures of straight and gay men and more than half the time they were able to accurately guess the orientation?

      If the cause, or one of the causes, of homosexuality is hormones in the mother’s womb — which seems the likeliest cause (for men) given the science available — then it would make sense that those hormones would have other, subtle-yet-detectable physical impacts on our bodies.

      There are certainly straight people who appear gay and vice versa, but there is something IMO to things like ‘gay face’ and ‘gaydar.’ Who knows how often such things are ‘accurate,’ which is why people shouldn’t make too many assumptions, but just because something isn’t 100% accurate doesn’t mean it’s 100% untrue.

      Mar 19, 2009 at 12:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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