After a long process of reworking yesterday, October 4, 2012, Gay Project has opened a new site
dedicated exclusively to three separate services:
1) Online Interviews on gay sexuality
2) Test of sexual orientation
3) Statistics on gay sexuality
The service is available both in Italian and in English (the entire site has been translated and published in English version, it is not a web-translation but a site originally in English).
The interface is in Italian;
The interface is in English:
The archive is unified.
As for the interviews, on the same DB are then stored interviews both in Italian and in English. These interviews can be easily selected through the search function.
The DB of tests of sexual orientation is encoded. Each card is compiled in Italian or in English, is encoded and can be read (decoded) in both Italian and English, regardless of the language in which it was compiled.
The service has been greatly improved, there is now the option to see the preview of the analysis in order to change the answers before final posting, and have also been improved techniques for avoiding repeated posting.
The test has been created with very serious scientific criteria explained in the methodology page, shown in the page that contains the response processed by the system.
Below you can read an example of test with its response card.
ANALYSIS OF THE TEST
Form n. 702
1) Question: My age
2) Question: My marital status
Answer: I’m single
3) Question: Sons
Answer: No children
4) Question: Family pressures
Answer: My family expects me to be straight
5) Question: Social expectations
Answer: The social context in which I live has virtually no weight on emotional/sexual choices
6) Question: Why are you doing this test?
Answer: I do the test because I have some doubts about my sexual orientation
7) Question: Anxiety and sexual orientation
Answer: At the beginning I lived with anxiety the issues related to my sexual orientation but It doesn’t happen anymore
8) Question: Have you done before other tests concerning sexual orientation?
Answer: I’ve done other tests on sexual orientation and I was not satisfied in the sense that I was not given any definite answer
9) Question: Have you read books or specific articles on sexology or sexual psychology?
Answer: I’d like to read specific books or articles on sexology or sexual psychology but I really don’t have time
10) Question: Have you ever consulted a psychologist for reasons related to sexuality?
Answer: I have never consulted a psychologist for reasons related to sexuality
11) Question: Have you ever consulted a psychologist for reasons other than sexuality?
Answer: I have never consulted a psychologist for reasons other than sexuality
12) Question: How do you perceive your sexual orientation
Answer: At the beginning I also had a straight period but now I feel much gay
13) Question: Openly/Hidden
Answer: I’m gay but I act straight with my family
14) Question: How other consider you in relation to the sexual orientation
Answer: I think my sexual orientation doesn’t interest anyone
15) Question: Affective orientation perceived
Answer: At first I fell in love with girls but now I tend to fall in love just with guys
16) Question: Couple’s sexuality
Answer: I’ve only had sex with guys
17) Question: My ideal couple’s sexuality
Answer: The ideal for me would be a stable couple declared only to family and close friends
18) Question: My possible project of couple’s sexuality
Answer: I think for me it is possible to achieve a stable couple declared only to family and close friends
19) Question: Orientation of masturbation
Answer: At the beginning I masturbated with straight fantasies but now I only do it with gay fantasies
20) Question: Variability of masturbatory fantasies
Answer: My masturbatory fantasies are highly variable
21) Question: Use of pornography
Answer: The gay pornography for me is a kind of obsession, practically all my time on the internet is dedicated to gay porn sites and I cannot help it
22) Question: Why I use pornography
Answer: Concrete occasions of sexual involvement in every’s life are few and pornography helps to live at least a virtual sexuality
23) Question: How often do you masturbate using pornography?
Answer: I never masturbate using pornography
24) Question: Have you ever gone on a pay porn site?
Answer: I’ve never been on a pay porn site
25) Question: How many porn sites do you visit regularly?
Answer: Usually I visit from 6 to 10 porn sites
26) Question: Sexual interest polarization
Answer: My sexual fantasies focus on a single person who has strong emotional meaning for me
27) Question: Frequency of masturbation and emotional state
Answer: The frequency of my masturbation is practically constant
28) Question: What I think about masturbation
Answer: I consider masturbation something completely natural
29) Question: Masturbation and affection
Answer: I consider masturbation and emotions are closely linked and when you fall in love you live in a different way
30) Question: How do I consider sexuality lived as a couple
Answer: I think that the couple’s sexuality is a manner to express love
31) Question: Attraction to the nakedness
Answer: I watched the nakedness of other unaware guys
32) Question: Causing sexually embarrassing situations
Answer: I’ve never done in a way that neither boys nor girls find themselves in sexually embarrassing situations
33) Question: Reactions in situations of collective non-sexual nakedness (locker rooms)
Answer: I’m comfortable in situations of collective non-sexual nakedness (locker rooms), I’m used to and I’m not any more effect
34) Question: Heavy sex jokes made in group to other guys (e.g. forced stripping)
Answer: I never happened to be present at a heavy sex joke made in group to another guy (e.g. forced stripping)
35) Question: Do you talk about your sexuality with your friends?
Answer: With my friends I try to avoid the subject and I don’t say to be gay but not even to be straight
36) Question: Do you go to sex chats?
Answer: I never go to sex chats
37) Question: Do you go to dating sites?
Answer: I never go to dating sites
38) Question: Have you ever been in a place openly gay?
Answer: I’ve never been in a place openly gay
39) Question: Straight falling in love and masturbation
Answer: I’ve never been in love with a girl
40) Question: Gay falling in love and masturbation
Answer: When I fall in love with a guy I masturbate thinking quietly about him
41) Question: Falling in love, sex chat and dating sites
Answer: When I fall in love I don’t go to sex chats and dating sites
42) Question: Falling in love and pornography
Answer: When I fall in love easily go on watching porn sites to masturbate
43) Question: Your first memories of episodes that had some sexual coloring for you
Answer: The first memories I have of episodes that had some sexual coloring, for me, are not pretty
44) Question: The first episodes of your life that had some sexual coloring
Answer: The first episodes of my life that had had some sexual coloring concerned guys older than me
45) Question: The first episodes of your life that had any sexual coloring
Answer: The first episodes of my life that had any sexual coloring were homosexual
46) Question: At what age did you discover masturbation?
47) Question: How did you discover masturbation?
Answer: I discovered masturbation alone
48) Question: How did you react to the discovery of masturbation?
Answer: After the discovery of masturbation I had no problem and I lived very quietly from the beginning
49) Question: The fantasies of your first masturbations
Answer: The fantasies of my first masturbations were straight
50) Question: Whom were your first masturbations dedicated to?
Answer: My first masturbations were always dedicated to guys I had met in real life
51) Question: After the discovery of masturbation did you talk anyone?
Answer: After the discovery of masturbation I did not talk about to anyone
52) Question: At what age did you have your first contact with pornography?
53) Question: How did you come to pornography?
Answer: I have come to pornography just out of spontaneous curiosity
54) Question: How did you react to the discovery of pornography?
Answer: After the discovery of pornography I had no problem at all and I used it very quietly from the beginning
55) Question: Have you ever told anyone that you were using pornography?
Answer: I told my parents that I was using pornography
56) Question: At what age did you first had sexual contact with another person?
57) Question: Who was the person with whom you had the first sexual contact?
Answer: The person with whom I had my first sexual contact was a guy older than me
58) Question: How did you get to have the first sexual contact with another person?
Answer: I got to have my first sexual contact in a situation that was to me a strong sexual interest
59) Question: Your first sexual contacts were completely episodic or were repeated?
Answer: My first sexual contacts for a while have become a habit
60) Question: Satisfaction of your first sexual contact
Answer: I really liked my first sexual contact
61) Question: Evolution of masturbatory sexuality
Answer: My masturbatory fantasies tend to become progressively more gay
62) Question: How did you meet your current partner or your last partner?
Answer: I met my current partner (or my last partner) randomly through the internet
63) Question: How many guys have you had sexual contact with during your life?
64) Question: How many girls have you had sexual contact with during your life?
65) Question: On average, how long endured your straight relationships? Indicate an average in months
66) Question: On average, how long endured your gay relationships? Indicate an average in months
67) Question: How did you behave when you weren’t engaged?
Answer: When I wasn’t engaged I tried to find a guy
BASIC ANALYSIS OF THE FORM
The first analysis of the form above tends to evaluate the sexual orientation that comes out from the complex of the test. Some answers are neutral, i.e. don’t allow any deduction covering sexual orientation, others are more or less significant. The program first evaluates the significance of the answers in terms of identification of sexual orientation and distinguish answers on the basis of the reference context. In the form under analysis have been identified 21 significant responses in terms of sexual orientation, of which 12 relating to sexuality, 5 relating to affectivity and 3concerning the social dimension.
The system then determines the “gay individual number” which is a measure of the general significance in the gay sense of the answers. This “gay individual number” can be compared to the “maximum gay number” that is, with the greatest measure of gay trend coming from questions to which the user gave a significant response (not neutral). The “maximum gay number” is variable and depends on the greater or lesser presence of neutral feedback. What is really significant is the percentage of “maximum gay number” totalized by the user, we call it “general gay index”, if the general gay index is equal to 100%, the user answered as a 100% gay person, if the percentage is equal to 0%, the user, answered as a 100% straight.
1) gay general index (IGG) = 89.71
The following table assists in the classification of the sexual orientation in relation to the IGG. As in any schematization of complex phenomena, should not be forgotten that the definitions have a relative value, albeit tentatively useful.
|strictly heterosexual||bisexual hetero-dominated||bisexual strict sense||bisexual gay-dominated||strictly gay|
The sexual orientation emerging from the form under examination can be considered strictly gay.
The IGG is an average index constructed from several indicators. If the values of individual indicators are close to each other that is are poorly dispersed, the various aspects analyzed lead more or less to the same conclusions and the standard deviation is low, if the individual indicators are widely dispersed compared to each other they lead, individually, to different conclusions and even conflicting. To understand this better we can consider for instance an IGG=50 (perfectly bisexual) that comes from 4 indicators: A1=50, A2=50, A3=50, A4=50 in this case all the considered indicators lead to the same value 50 exactly consistent with the IGG. But we can have IGG=50 (perfectly bisexual) that comes from very different situations, for instance, A1=0 (perfectly straight), A2=0 (perfectly straight), A3=100 (perfectly gay), A4=100 (perfectly gay). The 4 parameters are extremely dispersed the standard deviation is maximum and the IGG has non real meaning. The standard deviation is a typical dispersion index and at psychological level is an index of discomfort. In our case, the standard deviation is generally:
2) standars deviation (SQMG) = 26.34
The following table assists in evaluating the effectiveness of the responses used in the calculation of the IGG. We have to take into account that in a distribution with values from 0 to 100, the SQM maximum is equal to 50.
|strictly consistent||consistent||fairly consistent||inconsistent||discordant|
In the present case it can be concluded that the indicators of sexual orientation expressed in the test result fairly consistent.
An overall representation of the responses to test indicative of sexual orientation can be seen in the following histogram. each column is marked with a number indicating the question to which refers the individual assessment. A hetero orientation to 100% is characterized by bands all zero (percentage gay = 0). A 100% gay orientation is characterized by bands almost all extended up to 100%, not exactly all, why certain questions still leave a margin of uncertainty. In numeric column on the left you can see the percentage of gay orientation emerging from each answer. The red numbers indicate that the corresponding answers are relevant to sexuality, the numbers in blue indicate that the answers are relevant to emotion, the numbers in black indicate that the answers are relevant to socializing.
The band 12, orange color, indicates the perceived sexual orientation
The band 15, blue color, indicates the perceived affective orientation
The band 16, green color, if present, indicates the couple’s sexuality
The band 19, red color, indicates l’ the orientation of masturnation
The red vertical line indicates the IGG.
Of more immediate intuitive meaning is the following diagram, which graphically represents the average distribution of the individual indices derived from each significant question in a gay scale graduated from 0 (point “E” totally hetero) to 100 (point “G” totally gay ). The abscissa of the vertex of the curve represents the IGG, the more the curve is sharp the smaller is the value of the SQM. It should be noted that high values of SQM produce curves very flat and therefore not very significant in terms of identifying sexual orientation. Very sharp curves i.e. with small SQM are very significant in terms of identifying sexual orientation.
To make always possible to the graphical representation, when the SQM is <1, is automatically reset to 1.
The one above is the “graphic of sexual orientation in general.” It is a graphical representation using “two-parameters”, certainly interesting, but it is not the best graphical representation of sexual orientation. A more detailed description can be obtained in the manner reported onmetodology. As a first step, the questionnaire is divided into three distinct sections (sexual, emotional, social), is determined for each section the mean and the standard deviation, in order to obtain three distinct normal distribution curves, one for each component (sexual, emotional, social). Here below is presented the “graphic of sexual orientation, affective component” similar to the above but constructed considering only the indicators related to the affective life. Even in this case have been employed two parameters (mean value and standard deviation) which we will call respectively Gay Affective Index (IGA) and Standard Deviation Affective (SQMA). The values of these indices show how on average affectivity is oriented and how they are consistent values that lead to the media. In the case in analysis we have:
3) Gay Affective Index (IGA) = 96.00
4) Affective standard deviation (SQMA) = 8.00
Below is presented the “graphic of sexual orientation, sexual component” similar to the above but built only in reference to the indicators related to sexual life. Even in this case have been used two indexes (mean value and standard deviation) which we will call Gay Sexual Index (IGS) and Standard Deviation Sexual (SQMS). The values of these indices show how on average is oriented sexuality and how they are consistent values that lead to the media. In the case in analysis we have:
5) Gay Sexual Index (IGS) = 88.33
6) Sexual standard deviation (SQMS) = 27.34
The same can be repeated for the social component. In the case in analysis we have:
7) Gay Social Index (IGs) = 87.50
8) Social standard deviation (SQMs) = 39.66
Because of graphical needs the graphic distribution curves have been normalized over the interval [0, 1] then all the areas included under the curves are equivalent to the unit and the scale in the ordinate is a percentage of the maximum, even if the maximum is indicated in each graph in the top left, given the difference in scale in the ordinate between the three graphs, it is not easy to perform a visual comparison. The following chart shows the three previous graphs in the same scale, i.e. as a percentage of the maximum of the maximums of the four functions, making possible thy way to make a direct comparison. The curve black color represents the distribution of sexual orientation overall, the one blue color is related to affectivity, the one orange color is related to sexuality and the one green color to socializing.
For the interpretation of this graph is good to keep in mind that because the gay general index is strongly related to sexuality between the curve of sexual orientation in general and that related to sexuality, usually, there is not a big difference, instead occasionally it happens that the affective curve differs substantially from the general one, this could be due to a separation trend between affectivity and sexuality. Differences even more evident can be observed between the general curve and the one related to socializing. To allow a quantitative comparison we introduce the variable DS-A = IGS – IGA.
7) DS-A = -7.67
If the index is positive physical sexuality is geared more strongly towards gay than affectivity. In general, a significant difference between affection and sexuality and a DS-A of absolute value greater than 15 is a sign of discomfort.
To make an overall evaluation, you have below a summary table showing the scoreboards already seen that we report here for convenience.
|GENERAL||IGG = 89.71||SQMG = 26.34|
|AFFECRIVE||IGA = 96.00||SQMA = 8.00|
|SEXUAL||IGS = 88.33||SQMS = 27.34|
|SOCIALE||IGs = 87.50||SQMs = 39.66|
|strictly heterosexual||bisexual hetero-dominated||bisexual strict sense||bisexual gay-dominated||strictly gay|
|strictly consistent||consistent||fairly consistent||inconsistent||discordant|
|DS-A < -15||-15 <=DS-A < -5||-5 <=DS-A <= 5||5<DS-A <= 15||15 <DS-A|
|inconsistent||fairly consistent||strictly consistent||fairly consistent||inconsistent|
In the present case, by applying the above criteria it results as follows:
Overall assessment strictly gay. General indicators are fairly consistent.
Sexuality strictly gay. Sexual indicators are fairly consistent.
Affectivity strictly gay. The affective indicators are strictly consistent.
Sociality strictly gay. The indicators of socialization are strictly consistent.
Assessments of affectivity and sexuality fairly consistent.
Determined as above average parameters and also determined the standard deviations of the three components (affective, sexual and social), we can draw a graph of sexual orientation that takes into account the three components, that is, the so-called “additive” graph, a linear combination of the three previous graphs with standard coefficients 0.6 for sexuality, 0.3 for affectivity and 0.1 for socializing. The coefficients are assumed to a first approximation equal to 0.6, 0.3 and 0.1, values chosen on the basis of measurements made on a large sample of questionnaires. The coefficients 0.6, 0.3 and 0.1 are called average coefficients that is, those that best adapt to the average situation of the population. The individual perception of the sexual orientation can also be “different” from the average and may be represented, at a later stage, changing the weight of the components (sexual, affective and social) of the sexual orientation in relation to the assessment of actual sexual, affective or social discomfort. For the moment confine ourselves to the representation of sexual orientation using the average coefficients. The sexual component of the general sexual orientation is represented red color, the one related to affectivity blue color and the one related to sociality in yellow color (green). X-axis we have the gay sexual orientation in % and in ordinate the density of probability.
Particular attention must be devoted to the interpretation of the “additive diagram ” above in cases where the affective polarization, i.e. the area of maximum densification of the blue component of the diagram, is significantly distant from the zone of polarization of sexual zone (red). It is a situational of significant discomfort. In these cases the maximum of the curve may depart significantly from the IGG and may also appear a second maximum in the curve. The appearance of a second peak in the additive diagram indicates the separation between sexuality and affectivity.
To the question “How do you perceive your sexual orientation?”; you answered “At the beginning I also had a straight period but now I feel much gay” to this answer is attributed a gay index of 80, from the test results an IGG equal to 89.71 . Your perception of your sexual orientation can be considerd very precise.
At this point the first part of the analysis of the test is ended. The second part, which still has not been implemented and is currently in preparation, will start from the results of the first part and will examine the hardships already assessed in relation to the sexual orientation and the individual conditions of social life