Perception – Do homosexuals have shorter index fingers than heterosexuals?

Do homosexuals and lesbians have shorter index fingers than heterosexuals? According to a full-page article entitled “FINGERS TIP OFF HOMOSEXUALITY” first published in the New York Post on March 30, 2,000 the answer is “yes”. Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley surveyed 720 gay men at street fairs in San Francisco and determined that gay men had shorter index fingers than heterosexual men. In a second article on March 31st, the Post claimed this was “the most talked about story in the history of the New York Post”. They explained how larger amounts of male hormones in Mom’s womb linked short index fingers to gays and lesbians. Their theory also extended to ring fingers, “Homosexuals and lesbians have shorter index fingers than ring fingers.”

Predicting someone is gay from the length of his or her index finger is absurd. Sexual proclivities and appetites in general are reflected in the shapes, proportions, flexibility, elasticity, consistency, and colors of hands and fingers. Sexual behavior including seductiveness, passive/aggressiveness, and fetishes are reflected in the ball of the thumb, heart line, and pinky finger. Index fingers do not provide answers to questions of sexual orientation. I’ve examined many thousands of long-index-fingered gays and short-index-fingered straights at special events over the past thirty years. A preponderance of photographers, designers, architects, craftsmen, actors, performers, teachers, and salespeople has longer ring than index fingers.

Your index finger does say a lot about your character. Here is the long and short of index fingers. If your index finger is short (less than half way to the middle of the top phalange of the middle finger), you will have to work harder to achieve your goals than the long-index-fingered person. Your major challenge is learning to value yourself enough, to ask for what you’re worth. Too many short-index-fingered people received too little emotional support and encouragement while growing up. They were unable to be their authentic selves.

Plenty of successful individuals have short index fingers, however, nothing came easily to them. They earned every drop of what they achieved. What the Berkeley survey is saying, but doesn’t realize, is that the particular focus group of gay people they found at street fairs battle with issues of self-esteem. Perhaps a parent was unavailable physically or emotionally during their formative years. It’s no wonder so many gay people have short index fingers considering how confused, afraid, angry, and perverse western culture is concerning homosexuality.

I chose the photo of Mitt Romney to draw attention to and dispel one of many myths about palmistry. This particular myth is popular in the main stream because the scientific community has embraced and dubbed it “digit ratio theory.” You’ll find almost a half million results when you Google it. If you believe it, you can also assume that Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George Bush are also gay as they have longer ring fingers than index fingers. The “digit ratio theory” doesn’t define homosexuality, but it does perpetuate stereotypes and prejudices in our culture.

Real Palmistry and Mitt Romney’s Hands

Mitt Romney is a Sensation type. Anyone with square palms and short fingers falls into this category. Sensation types are driven by their physical senses. They are the most practical, responsible, reliable, dependable, pragmatic, and objective of the four basic archetypes. They innately understand how the material world works. They trust what they can see and feel, not their inspirations, ideas, or intuitions. They get so involved in practical matters that it limits their imagination or any abstract ability for that matter. They have to be careful not to get addicted to routine and order. The world of work and family dominates their whole life. They love their homes, family life, friendships, and food. The Sensation type’s biggest challenges are learning to trust their gut, to give up control, and to let go of fruitless ideas and circumstances once the proverbial handwriting is on the wall.

Mitt Romney is an Objectivist. The Objectivist is the most materialistic of all types. He’s the King Midas of the twelve types. Driven by his very strong need for security, he’s honest, dependable, and generally doesn’t bend the truth or do a song and dance act for anyone. Objectivists thrive in real estate and banking. They love comfort and beauty and dream of power and wealth. They’re famous for their stubbornness and obstinacy as they relentlessly court their followers and wear down their opponents. They’re charming, but can be controlling, jealous, and possessive. Objectivists are creatures of habit and need to pay attention to their habits from the get go. They procrastinate at beginnings and endings and are inclined to maintain what they’ve started, even if it’s wrong.

I generally dislike working from photos because I’m unable to feel the flexibility, elasticity, and consistency of a person’s hands and skin. I’d be willing to bet that there’s a lot of stiffness in Mitt’s fingers and thumb.  It’s also impossible to see the intimate details in a person’s lines and skin ridge patterns (dermatoglyphics). Mitt’s headline and lifeline are tied together at their beginning where his thumb meets the hand. Unlike President Obama, Mitt needs to be appreciated. He takes things personally. He cares what you think and wants your approval. Mitt’s heart line appears to gracefully sweep across his hand towards his index finger. He’s old fashioned and sentimental. I could see him crying at predictable old movies. He’s definitely not a hop in the sack kind of guy. He needs a little candlelight, a nice meal, some pleasant music, and perhaps a little fantasy role-play. Although Mitt is very  successful in the world, he procrastinates about whatever it is that he doesn’t want to do.

Fortunately, Mitt has Ann, who (like Obama) has a separated head and lifeline and gives him a kick in the butt when he needs it. Ann appears to have dominant index fingers (compared to her other fingers). She’s ambitious and pushes Mitt onward.

Everyone is concerned about what degree of conservative Mitt is. I see him as driving down the middle of the road in the hopes of avoiding a collision with the extremes of his party. His stance on the Right to Life issue is one sticky area for him as he’s afraid of alienating the extreme right. Mitt needs every vote he can get, however, he will ultimately serve his most powerful supporters. I don’t think much is going to actually improve if Mitt becomes president. We’ll slowly transform from a bureaucratic democracy to a bureaucratic plutocracy. The middle class will still serve the wealthy; only this time they’ll have consciously chosen their destiny.

There’s controversy as to whether Mitt is left handed or right-handed. He says he’s left handed and yet there are many pictures of him signing autographs with his right hand. In palmistry, the hand you write with is your dominant hand. If I’m not mistaken, Mitt’s index finger on his left hand is much longer than the index finger on his right hand. If he’s left handed, he has worked very hard to build self-esteem and learn to value himself. I saw that combo in Martha Stewart’s hands where her dominant index finger was much longer. If Mitt is right handed, a large part of his motivation for power is about proving that he’s worthy of having it. If he’s elected, being president will be much harder for him than he ever imagined.