Noodles and Beef

buttsnguts asks:
Sorry-- have you thought about apply machine learning, or artifical intelligence, in your research-- for example, to classify body type or preferences for certain ones from photos?

What do I even know about AI? 

My experience with “machine learning” is very limited.  I’ve built a few systems using naive bayesian classification, decision trees, and clustering.  I have a preference for unsupervised learning systems, but usually work with data sets that are too small for that.

I do not consider myself knowledgable enough to provide a technical answer, but I will be happy to address the principle thesis of your question.

Let’s teach computers to classify us based on our body type. Surely, this will provide immense benefit to the gay community.

I actually built a “dumb” classifier for the gay cliques census.  I’m too lazy to look at the code, but there’s, like, 30-dimensions of data and almost 2-million rows of data.  Definitions are reinforced by people who take the survey, additional data is gathered from people who use the definition tool, and negative feedback is used when people disagree with their classification.

Super basic machine learning system.

All thats missing is a piece on computer vision to assess photos for these dimensions.

Its possible, but why would you do that?

Data is from ~30,000 responses to the gay cliques census.

Sexual Activity of Gay Cliques

The chart above shows average number of sexual partners for non-monogamous survey responses.  (Meaning, folks who didn’t have just one sexual partner in a six month period).  Its ordered by least sexually active group to most.

Its not surprising that Gainers (25% of which don’t associate with a sexual role) and Chubs (who are the least sought after group) are the least sexually active groups.  It also shouldn’t be surprising that the most sought after groups (the gym bunnies, muscle pups, gym rats, muscle bears, and bulls) have the most sexual partners.

What is surprising is the addition of a new clique, “Pig.”  While I have a lot of data on people who identify as pig, the body type varies so greatly that they have not appeared on the live infographic.  The only defining constant for pigs is how sexual they are, with the most sexual partners in 30 days of any group.

There seems to be a relationship between generation and sexual history, as there also seems to be more tops in the older generations.

And good news for smooth guys and the extremely hairy: you get lots of sexual partners for your hirsutism (or lack thereof).  But if you’re average, you get laid less.

Next steps: using this information to help target sexual health PSAs better.

Data is from ~30,000 responses to the gay cliques census.

Sexual Activity of Gay Cliques

The chart above shows average number of sexual partners for non-monogamous survey responses.  (Meaning, folks who didn’t have just one sexual partner in a six month period).  Its ordered by least sexually active group to most.

Its not surprising that Gainers (25% of which don’t associate with a sexual role) and Chubs (who are the least sought after group) are the least sexually active groups.  It also shouldn’t be surprising that the most sought after groups (the gym bunnies, muscle pups, gym rats, muscle bears, and bulls) have the most sexual partners.

What is surprising is the addition of a new clique, “Pig."  While I have a lot of data on people who identify as pig, the body type varies so greatly that they have not appeared on the live infographic.  The only defining constant for pigs is how sexual they are, with the most sexual partners in 30 days of any group.

There seems to be a relationship between generation and sexual history, as there also seems to be more tops in the older generations.

And good news for smooth guys and the extremely hairy: you get lots of sexual partners for your hirsutism (or lack thereof).  But if you’re average, you get laid less.

Next steps: using this information to help target sexual health PSAs better.

dandalf-thegay:

camsfarts:

monkeysaysficus:

stormdthecastle:

So basically I in about a year or so I managed to skip right over the bear stage :3

What is this test?!!?

What the actual fuck?! They have this down to a science now?

Yeah, noodlesandbeef made the Gay Cliques Census a while back. It’s pretty interesting actually.

Hi, I made this.  You can see the project here and read all about it here.

The data presented represents (currently) over 80,000 survey responses from gay men around the world.

The “Definer” tool calculates the euclidean distance of your stats against the average states of every clique.  The shorter the distance, the closer you are to the average body type of that clique.

The tool was actually designed to drive viral traffic to the census by using a “triggering” CTA like Define Me (I also tested What am I? and Where do I belong?).  The tool generated (in a peak month) almost 300 facebook shares a day, and also helped me refine results when people felt they were incorrectly defined.

The tool is accurate for physical attributes, but identity in the gay community is more than how much body hair you have.  Ultimately, if you identify as a Bear, Bull, Twink, or a Turtle you are that.  And nobody can tell you otherwise.

I identify as Beyoncé.

therealproteinpowder2486 asks:
Why aren't there more bears of color in bear-centric media?

Thats a really good question.  Let’s look at the data first:

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People of Color are underrepresented in the bear community because bears are mostly into other bears and the most self-identified bears are white.  (Source: gay cliques census, 2/3s of bears and cubs are into their own type; >80% of self-identified bears are white).

Most bears are white.  Most bears are into other bears, who happen to be mostly white guys. So it makes sense that the bear community would cater to its majority audience…except that the bear community was originally designed to be inclusive.

How bad is it?

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Bearracuda proudly states that they’re the largest attended bear dance party and most prolific gay dance event in the US.  Despite this, they don’t use people of colour in their promotions.

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The top dating apps for bears, scruff and growlr, don’t use people of colour in any of their app screenshots, ads, or promotions.  Some bear dating sites, like Bear411, won’t even allow people of colour (particularly asians) to join their site.

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The biggest bear runs in the world, Lazy Bear, TBRU, and Ptown Bear Week don’t use people of colour in their ads, promotional flyers, or websites.

Correction 5/27: TBRU has used people of colour in previous years’ flyers. Thank you, J Larry for pointing this out!  I’m sorry for not digging deeper.

Without some representation in bear-centric media, the bear community sends a strong message that people of colour are not welcome.

But, its not all bad.  There are some very prominent people in the bear community who do not practice discrimination against skin colour and even include us in their work.

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Where the Bears Are has always had a varied cast of bears representing different ethnicities (like me), Beach Bear Weekend is a new bear run that uses people of colour in their promotions, Bear Invasion has a balanced representation of ethnic minorities (like me).

People of colour are underrepresented by the bear community, but we can change that by supporting bear parties, events, and media that is inclusive.

therealproteinpowder2486 asks:
Why aren't there more bears of color in bear-centric media?

Thats a really good question.  Let’s look at the data first:

image

People of Color are underrepresented in the bear community because bears are mostly into other bears and the most self-identified bears are white.  (Source: gay cliques census, 2/3s of bears and cubs are into their own type; >80% of self-identified bears are white).

Most bears are white.  Most bears are into other bears, who happen to be mostly white guys. So it makes sense that the bear community would cater to its majority audience…except that the bear community was originally designed to be inclusive.

How bad is it?

image

Bearracuda proudly states that they’re the largest attended bear dance party and most prolific gay dance event in the US.  Despite this, they don’t use people of colour in their promotions.

image

The top dating apps for bears, scruff and growlr, don’t use people of colour in any of their app screenshots, ads, or promotions.  Some bear dating sites, like Bear411, won’t even allow people of colour (particularly asians) to join their site.

image

The biggest bear runs in the world, Lazy Bear, TBRU, and Ptown Bear Week don’t use people of colour in their ads, promotional flyers, or websites.

Correction 5/27: TBRU has used people of colour in previous years’ flyers. Thank you, J Larry for pointing this out!  I’m sorry for not digging deeper.

Without some representation in bear-centric media, the bear community sends a strong message that people of colour are not welcome.

But, its not all bad.  There are some very prominent people in the bear community who do not practice discrimination against skin colour and even include us in their work.

image

Where the Bears Are has always had a varied cast of bears representing different ethnicities (like me), Beach Bear Weekend is a new bear run that uses people of colour in their promotions, Bear Invasion has a balanced representation of ethnic minorities (like me).

People of colour are underrepresented by the bear community, but we can change that by supporting bear parties, events, and media that is inclusive.

Exciting news, everyone!

I’m working with The University of Texas School of Public Health on a new research project funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The goal of this new study is to learn how the gay social groups (bears, cubs, twinks, etc) impact the health and HIV/STD risk of gay men.  What groups are most at-risk?  Could we be tailoring sexual health services better?  The results could have a very big, positive impact for our community.

Details are still developing, but in the coming months I’ll be traveling to Houston to work on the project and my census will be published…soon.

Anonymous asks:
I have always loved bears, a lot a lot a lot. So I was wondering, are there a lot of bears in San Francisco?? Because I would love to have a super sexy bear such as yourself or one of your pups. That would make my life. ^_^

That would make your life? Dude, you gotta aim higher. There is more to life than finding a partner of a certain body type.

Recommended reading: the best advice I’ve ever given.

Big pup and I don’t identify as Bears. Physically speaking, we are more like Bulls than any other gay subgroup. Lil’ pup is a gym bunny.

Bears account for roughly ~8% of the gay population in any given location, but they are most common in Herndon, VA (+40% more common), Indianapolis, IN (+35%), and Phoenix, AZ (+21%).  San Francisco is average for Bear population density. Given that Bears are overwhelmingly into other Bears, you will have the best chance in a city with more Bears than average.

Source: Gay Cliques Census, The Geography of Gay Cliques.

Anonymous asks:
I have always loved bears, a lot a lot a lot. So I was wondering, are there a lot of bears in San Francisco?? Because I would love to have a super sexy bear such as yourself or one of your pups. That would make my life. ^_^

That would make your life? Dude, you gotta aim higher. There is more to life than finding a partner of a certain body type.

Recommended reading: the best advice I’ve ever given.

Big pup and I don’t identify as Bears. Physically speaking, we are more like Bulls than any other gay subgroup. Lil’ pup is a gym bunny.

Bears account for roughly ~8% of the gay population in any given location, but they are most common in Herndon, VA (+40% more common), Indianapolis, IN (+35%), and Phoenix, AZ (+21%).  San Francisco is average for Bear population density. Given that Bears are overwhelmingly into other Bears, you will have the best chance in a city with more Bears than average.

Source: Gay Cliques Census, The Geography of Gay Cliques.

Anonymous asks:
So, I took the gay clique census and it labelled me as an otter. From what I have seen, otters are tall, gairly hairy, and very slim. I am short (5'4 tall), muscular (160lbs, which on 5'4 shows BMI to be considerd 'overweight' even though my weight is due to muscle mass and not fat), and hairy. I notice that the census doesn't differentiate between weight that is muscle or fat. Can that be made an option? I believe it make several results more accurate.

Sigh.

I’ve written about this a few times already.

But, if you look carefully at the data visualization, you might see this:

As you’ve already explained, BMI is flawed and doesn’t take into account ratio of fat to muscle.  That’s why I’m calculating VOLUMETRIC DENSITY!!!

This is the formula the US Marines use to check body composition.  The higher your volume to weight ratio, the more body fat you have.  Volume is calculated as a cylinder where the circumference is given waist size.  Its not perfect, but its better than asking people to self select as “fat” or “muscled.”

Anonymous asks:
So, I took the gay clique census and it labelled me as an otter. From what I have seen, otters are tall, gairly hairy, and very slim. I am short (5'4 tall), muscular (160lbs, which on 5'4 shows BMI to be considerd 'overweight' even though my weight is due to muscle mass and not fat), and hairy. I notice that the census doesn't differentiate between weight that is muscle or fat. Can that be made an option? I believe it make several results more accurate.

Sigh.

I’ve written about this a few times already.

But, if you look carefully at the data visualization, you might see this:

As you’ve already explained, BMI is flawed and doesn’t take into account ratio of fat to muscle.  That’s why I’m calculating VOLUMETRIC DENSITY!!!

This is the formula the US Marines use to check body composition.  The higher your volume to weight ratio, the more body fat you have.  Volume is calculated as a cylinder where the circumference is given waist size.  Its not perfect, but its better than asking people to self select as “fat” or “muscled.”

Anonymous asks:
About your census project, can you please include some metrics on race? As a gaysian, I feel regularly disenfranchised wherever I go, so it would be really interesting to see where I fall in your survey's "Most Likely Appreciated" section. It really hit me because as a twink, the section said Melbourne would be a good place to be, but common knowledge and research into sexual racism shows that Asians are on the bottom of most white Australian's lists.

I have data on race, but haven’t released it yet. Spoiler alert: it’s very controversial.

I won’t be doing a racial preference analysis, because that’s been done several times and it’s pretty clear that white gay dudes are most desired. Being a gay man of color cuts your chance of being “desirable” by 75%. I am too lazy to Google this study for citation.

I will be releasing sexual activity by clique affiliation and race soon. Despite being subject to sexual racism, gay men if color get laid way more than their white counter parts. Especially Pacific Islanders, who have the most sexual partners of any racial minority.

This is not new information. The SF sexual health council does a yearly study on gay men with nearly identical results to my online survey. Again, I’m too lazy to cite a link right now. I’m on my phone. I’m sorry.

Eventually I’ll have enough data to express affiliation with gay cliques by race. There is a theory that Asians are less likely to identify as bear…but initial data says this only happens in regions where Asians are a minority. (Interesting!)