I have been itching to write something but seriously, nowadays whatever I want to say just sounds repetitive in my head or my mind is so cluttered that I want to write about a million different things that are loosely connected to one another (I hope).
Anyway, I found this article in the Times of India. I suppose I am scrounging around for articles on the treatment of homosexuality in Indian “culture” because I am trying to come to terms with the amount of otherness bestowed upon me. I used to take each part of me and put it in some box in my head and delineate where I would behave as gay, where I would behave like a typical Indian, and where I would be an intellectual. I have had enough of pigeon-holing, boxing, labeling and limiting myself for the comfort of others, especially at home. Now its not about identity; now it is about identifying.
The following article is ludicrous. Why? 1. Because it confuses correlation for causality. Women and gay men are not inherently the worst drivers because they are “women or gay men.” It is because MEN are more likely to be pushed towards activities and studies that involve using and getting better at their spatial skills.
2. Just look at the small data set. You don’t deserve to be a psychologist at any university if you cannot carry out credible research and don’t know the existing literature in your discipline.
‘Women and gay men are likely to be worst drivers’
London: Women and gay men are likely to be the worst motorists, a new study reveals.
The study, led by Dr Qazi Rahman, a psychologist at Queen Mary, University of London, revealed that both women and gay men perform poorly in tasks involving navigation and spatial awareness when compared to heterosexual men.
The findings imply that driving in a strange environment would be more difficult for gay men and women than for straight male motorists, the researchers contemplated.
That is, because both tend to rely on local landmarks to get around, and are also slower to take in spatial information.
In the study, computerbased tests were carried out on 140 volunteers.
The team used virtual reality simulations of two common tests of spatial learning and memory, which was developed at Yale University.
In one, volunteers had to swim through an underwater maze to find a hidden platform, while the second involved exploring radial arms projecting from a central junction to receive ‘rewards’.
The research demonstrated that gay men, straight women and lesbians navigated in a similar way, sharing the same weaknesses.Though women were more successful in tests requiring them to remember the position of objects, men consistently performed better in tasks requiring navigation and uncovering hidden objects.“Men are good at using distal, or geometrical cues, to decide if they’re going north or south, for instance. They have a better basic sense of direction, but they can use local landmarks as well,” The Telegraph quoted Rahman, as saying. “Driving in a novel environment which is poor in cues is where these differences are likely to show up most,” he said. “