NYC subway map source.
Honestly, I had no idea that straight men even used maps!
According to a recent study, gay men and straight women have similar navigational strategies, which are different from those employed by straight men. Women rely on using landmarks to find their way around, whereas straight men rely on a compass, directions and distances. However, this study also revealed that gay men use the same strategies as straight men use.
“Gay men adopt male and female strategies. Therefore their brains are a sexual mosaic,” explains Qazi Rahman, a psychobiologist who led the study at the University of East London, UK. “It’s not simply that lesbians have men’s brains and gay men have women’s brains.”
The new study might help researchers understand how cognitive differences and sexual orientation develop in the womb, he says.
This is yet another piece of evidence suggesting that sexual orientation occurs prior to birth, during fetal development in the womb, that it is neither a “weakness of character” nor an “improper life choice”.
New Scientist story.