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'Sahlin more hetero than Obama': Stockholm Pride

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 19 Jul 2009, 11:53

Published: 19 Jul 2009 11:53 GMT+02:00

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Pride">Stockholm Pride, which works to celebrate members of the LGBT community, has conducted a cybertest on its homepage asking users to respond to the question "how hetero (are you)?"

The deliberately normative test has been developed to see "how we connect specific words to norms and perceptions of how a "real" man and woman should be and behave," the organization explains on its homepage.

Visitors to the website are asked to input their Twitter microblog user names and the test then surveys their 200 latest "tweets" searching for words that conform to perceived sexual stereotypes such as "fishing", "schlager" and "fashion".

The test has been carried out on a selected group of Swedish and international celebrities and allows users to see how they measure up against the likes of Mona Sahlin, Martha Stewart, Jamie Oliver and US President Barack Obama.

According to the test Obama is 66 percent "hetero" with words such as "community" and "philadelphia" found in his most recent Twitter entries.

Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin meanwhile comes in at a commanding 84 percent on the "hetero" test with words such as "crocs", "fishing" and "hot dogs".

Stockholm Pride makes no claims as to the scientific nature of the test however.

"The theme for Stockholm Pride 2009 is the focus on how heteronormativity affects the everyday life of homosexual, bisexual and transgender persons."

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"With this test we set out in a direct and funny way to show how these norms affect us by how others see us."

Stockholm Pride 2009 will take place from July 27th - August 2nd and is the largest festival in the city's entertainment calender.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:59 July 19, 2009 by zircon
No it should be: virginity, jealousy, Scotch, and my Stereo. For the guy.
09:08 July 20, 2009 by Jackdempsey187
That's so stupid. Why does thelocal waste space putting up such a piece of crap?
09:32 July 20, 2009 by Nemesis
This article is moronic, as are the people who have conducted the survey.

A persons sexuality or how there sexuality is percieved is there own personal business for no one else to comment on.

How a man or woman behaves is there personal choice and nothing to do with sexuality.
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