The fin­ger of sus­pi­cion

A new study re­veals that the length of your fin­gers could pro­vide some in­di­ca­tion of your sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

This re­ally puts a fin­ger on one’s sex­u­al­ity. Ac­cord­ing to new re­search, some­one’s hands can give you an in­di­ca­tion of their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Ar­chives of Sex­ual Be­hav­ior, found that women whose left in­dex and ring fin­gers were of dif­fer­ent lengths could, in f act, be at­tracted to mem­bers of the same sex. Re­searchers f rom t he Uni ve r s i t y of Es­sex mea­sured the fin­gers of 18 sets of fe­male iden­ti­cal twins, with dif­fer­ent sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion. The sci­en­tists also mea­sured the fin­gers of 14 pairs of male iden­ti­cal t wins, where one was straight and the other gay. The re­searchers ex­am­ined their hands to de­ter­mine how ‘male-typ­i­cal’ or ‘fe­male­typ­i­cal’ they were. Typ­i­cally, women’s ring and in­dex fin­gers have a sim­i­lar length, while men have a greater dif­fer­ence be­tween the two. The re­searchers found that the ho­mo­sex­ual twin tended to have a greater dif­fer­ence be­tween the length of their i ndex and ring f i nger, with the dif­fer­ence most pro­nounced among women. Study au­thor Tues­day Watts, from the psy­chol­ogy depa r t ment at Es­sex Univer­sity, said, “Be­cause iden­ti­cal twins, who share 100 per cent of their genes, can dif­fer in their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions, fac­tors other than ge­net­ics must ac­count for the dif­fer­ences. “Re­search sug­gests that our sex­u­al­ity is de­ter­mined in the womb and is de­pen­dent on t he amount of male hor­mone we are ex­posed to or the way our in­di­vid­ual bod­ies re­act to that hor­mone, with those ex­posed to higher lev­els of testos­terone be­ing more likely to be bi­sex­ual or ho­mo­sex­ual. Be­cause of the link be­tween body’s hor­mone lev­els and the dif­fer­ence in fin­ger lengths, look­ing at some­one’s hands could pro­vide a clue to their sex­u­al­ity.”

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