“Is My Son Gay?,” a new app available in the Android Market, has a rather simple premise: It claims to determine, through a series of 20 questions, whether or not the survey-taker’s offspring is, in fact, a homosexual. And yet despite this simplicity of purpose, the app is–surprise!–incredibly controversial.
The Android app was made by French developers “Emmene Moi” (Eng.: “Bring Me”), whose only previous work was on “Mon Fils Est-Il Gay?” (Eng.: “Is My Son Gay?”). The English version of “Mon Fils Est-Il Gay?” looks to be a straight translation from the French, as the app’s description in the Android Market appears to have been ripped from a computerized service like Babelfish. Here is the description:
You’re questioning yourself? 20 questions to know more about your son. After this test you’ll have the proven answer to a question you might have since maybe a long time.
The app itself is a 20-question survey of “Yes” or “No” questions designed to identify your son’s sexual preference.
These questions are:
1. Does he like to dress up nicely? Does he pay close attention to his outfits and brand names?
2. Does he like football?
3. Before he was born did you wish he would be a girl?
4. Has he ever gotten into or participated in a fight?
5. Does he read sports magazines?
6. Does he have a best friend
7. Does he like team sports?
8. Is he prudish/modest?
9. Does he like diva singers?
10. Does he spend a long time in the bathroom
11. Does he have a tongue, nose or ear piercing
12. Does he spend time getting ready before being seen in public?
13. Have you asked yourself questions about your son’s sexual orientation?
14. Are you divorced?
15. Does he like musical comedies?
16. Has he introduced you to a girlfriend ever?
17. Is the father (you) very strict or authoritarian with his son?
18. In your family is the father absent?
19. Was he shy as a child?
20. Is he close to his father?
Reaction around the Internet has not been kind. Gay-friendly Instinct Magazine said that the app is based on the “science of tired and offensive stereotypes,” while Jezebel laments the app’s “horrible, stereotypical questions.” The app is not entirely homophobic, apparently, as Jezebel reports that, if your son is determined to not be gay, the app says “No need to look the other way! … He is gay! … ACCEPT IT! …”