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Gay- and Lesbian-Sounding Auditory Cues Elicit Stereotyping and Discrimination

Fasoli, Fabio, Maass, A, Paladino, MP and Sulpizio, S (2017) Gay- and Lesbian-Sounding Auditory Cues Elicit Stereotyping and Discrimination Archives of Sexual Behavior: an interdisciplinary research journal, 46 (5). pp. 1261-1277.

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Thegrowing bodyof literatureonthe recognition of sexual orientation from voice (‘‘auditory gaydar’’) is silent on the cognitive and social consequences of having a gay-/lesbianversus heterosexual-sounding voice.We investigated this issue in four studies (overall N=276), conducted in Italian language, in which heterosexual listeners were exposed to single-sentence voice samples of gay/lesbian and heterosexual speakers. In all four studies, listeners were found to make gender-typical inferences about traits and preferences of heterosexual speakers, but gender-atypical inferences about those of gay or lesbian speakers. Behavioral intentionmeasures showed that listeners considered lesbian and gay speakers as less suitable for a leadership position, andmale (but not female) listeners took distance from gay speakers. Together, this research demonstrates that having a gay/ lesbian rather than heterosexual-sounding voice has tangible consequences for stereotyping and discrimination.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Maass, A
Paladino, MP
Sulpizio, S
Date : 15 March 2017
DOI : 10.1007/s10508-017-0962-0
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright The Author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Stereotypes Discrimination Sexual orientation ‘‘Gaydar’’
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 22 Mar 2017 17:09
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 17:13

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