Not Sure If Your Son Is Gay? There’s An App For That
Parents who suspect that their son is gay need not do silly things like ask the child or perhaps reflect on their own knowledge of their kids. Especially since Android is now selling an app that relies on gender stereotypes to discern the possibility for you.
Huffington Post reports that the French app entitled “Mon fils est-il gay?” or “Is My Son Gay?” costs $2.69 and asks users ridiculous, gender essentialist questions like “Does your son like football? Does he listen to music divas? Does he have a pierced nose?”
The makers of the app insist that they have good intentions, as it was designed to help mothers cope with their son’s sexuality:
But Christophe De Baran, the creator of the app, said in an email to Rue89 that the purpose of the application is to help mothers accept their sons’ sexual orientation and that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
“This application was designed with a light-hearted approach,” De Baran wrote to Rue89, according to a HuffPost translation. “It’s not based on any scientific approach. It follows the principle that certain kinds of behavior, certain social and domestic contexts might sometimes be determinant or or might reveal a hidden homosexuality, or might not.”
Still, an app that asks parents to consider gender stereotypes when understanding the sexuality of their kids does more harm than good. Gender variant children aren’t always queer children, and there are definitely little boys out there who love boys just as much as they love sports.
That being said, if you need an app to understand your child’s sexuality — there are probably more pressing childrearing concerns to consider.