Fingering Hormonal Influence

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Science and sexuality meet again in today’s Times, where journo Anjana Ahuja offers new angles to old legends:

Your fingers can point to many things – and not just physically. Scientists have discovered that people whose index finger is shorter than their ring finger run an elevated risk of getting osteoarthritis. The finding strengthens the curious biological importance that this index finger/ring finger ratio (known as 2D:4D) has on our lives. It has previously been associated with hormone levels, athletic prowess and sexual orientation.

Lesbians are more likely to sport a “male” ratio than straight women, which supports the idea that sexual orientation is shaped by hormonal exposure in the womb.

In other vagina-related news, Sherri Shepherd and Star Jones will participate in an all-black production of The Vagina Monologues. And another gay man was just born…