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by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, AIR staff


Inspired by the work of scientists at UC Berkeley, we have determined that the distribution of sexual orientation among the general population is considerably different than has previously been reported. Here are the details.

 Pointing the Finger

The UC Berkeley report measured the finger lengths of "720 adults who were attending public street fairs in the San Francisco area." These individuals also "were asked their gender, age, sexual orientation, handedness, and the number and gender of children their mother had carried before them." The report was published as:

"Finger-Length Ratios and Sexual Orientation," Terrance J. Williams, Michelle E. Pepitone, Scott E. Christensen, Bradley M. Cooke, Andrew D. Huberman, Nicholas J. Breedlove, Tessa J. Breedlove, Cynthia L. Jordan, and S. Marc Breedlove, Nature, vol. 404, no. 6777, March 30, 2000, pp. 455-6.

This yielded what the authors call " some surprising information." From it they concluded that, statistically, it is possible to ascertain people's sexual orientation simply by knowing the ratio of each individual's finger lengths.

 Extending the Finger's Point

Our own survey was similar to that of the UC Berkeley team. We surveyed 740 adults who were attending public car washes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and amassed the same kinds of information as were obtained in the San Francisco study.

 Results of Our Study

Our study indicates that, if the UC Berkeley guidelines are correct, 37 percent of the adult male population of Milwaukee are lesbians.


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