Who’s On Top? Study Says Clues In Your Face
Ever wonder if he’s a top or bottom? Well, fret no more: A new study published in the April 2013 edition of Sexual Behavior claims that people are able to identify who "tops" and who "bottoms" in a gay relationship.
The study, called "Accurate Identiﬁcation of a Preference for Insertive Versus Receptive Intercourse from Static Facial Cues of Gay Men," found that "observers were able to discern men’s sexual roles from photos of their faces with accuracy that was signiﬁcantly greater than chance guessing."
The study’s abstract goes on to say that in another part of the study, scientists discovered that "naïve observers" made their guesses of who was the top and bottom by assessing the men’s perceived masculinity. "Together, these results suggest that people rely on perceptions of characteristics relevant to stereotypical male-female gender roles and heterosexual relationships to accurately infer sexual roles in same-sex relationships."
The study’s abstract concludes that same-sex relations and sexual behavior "may be perceptually framed, understood, and possibly structured in ways similar to stereotypes about opposite-sex relationships." It adds that people may depend on these references to "form accurate perceptions."
Researchers Konstantin O. Tskhay and Nicholas O. Rule pointed out that the results are interesting because they "suggest that people may tend to generalize their stereotypical perceptions of heterosexual gender roles to other forms of sexual relationships."