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Public Opinion Poll: Gayface


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?

On:           Mar 17, 2009
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    • 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

      “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

      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

      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

      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

      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

      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


      The banner provides some good examples.

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

      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!

      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

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

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

      @Dwight Supremacy: I heartily agree.

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