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A Psychology Test From 1936 Claims To Use Science To Tell How Gay You Are

04/10/2014 02:47 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
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Are you afraid of “burglars,” “contagious diseases,” and “negroes”? According to the Terman-Miles test, your answer might say a lot about you, including your gender.

Consisting of 455 questions and prompts, the Terman-Miles test was considered a breakthrough in modern psychology after it debuted in 1936. On the test, the taker is judged by whether they can answer questions based on what is considered appropriate for their gender. You pass the test if you adhere to social norms, but if you were male and answered too femininely, it was considered a sign of “sexual inversion.” Terman and Miles believed that a man or a woman with an undesirable test result might “develop into a practicing homosexual if [they] were not one already.”

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