We then asked the women how sincere they felt the responses were.
As expected, the female subjects seemed to perceive the judgments coming from the gay man to be more sincere because they knew that he wouldn’t have any ulterior motives—whether that meant wooing the subject (which they might suspect of straight men) or competing for the same romantic partner (straight women).
For the first study, I wanted to replicate the finding that women trust gay men more than straight men or straight women.
This time, however, I wanted to see if women would only trust gay men’s dating-related advice as opposed to other types of advice.
For years, friendships between straight women and gay men have been a subject of pop culture fascination.
Books, television shows and feature-length films have all highlighted this unique relationship, noted for its closeness and depth.
Evolutionary psychology and human mating can help explain why relationships between straight women and gay men tend to flourish, the author writes.
We predicted that this would most often occur in highly competitive dating environments, where a trustworthy source like a gay friend would be valued by women jockeying with one another for a boyfriend.
When women read the news article about the increased competition, their trust in gay men was amplified.
Not only were women more apt to trust gay men under this condition, but we also found that they became more willing to make gay male friends.
To test this, we created a fake news article that detailed extremely skewed sex ratios, indicating that women in college were competing over a very small pool of men.
We had women read this news article and then indicate how much they would trust a straight woman or a gay man in various dating-related scenarios.