An Android app that claims to tell parents about their son's sexual orientation is stirring controversy in the U.S. The French app Mon fils est-il gay? (Is My Son Gay? in English) is now for sale on Google's Android Market.
The app, which has been condemned by many for trading in stereotypes, poses a series of 20 questions through which, it claims, parents can determine whether their offspring is homosexual.
Based on the answers, the app decides whether the user's son is gay or not. If it finds him straight it tells the user, You do not have to worry you, your son is not gay. So there are chances for you to be grandmother with all the joys it brings.
But if the app determines that he is gay, it says, No need to look the other way! ... He is gay! ... ACCEPT IT!
Eliza Byard, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network, called the app both ridiculous and horrifying.
The questions in this app are horrendous stereotypes that would be completely laughable if they weren't so dangerous, she told CBS.
The French developer of the app called it a humorous approach toward helping parents accept their son's homosexuality and disavowed any scientific claims for it.
Below are some of the questions the $2.69 app asks:
Does he like to dress well: is he very careful when choosing his outfits and selecting brands?
Before he was born, did you wish for a girl?
Does he read the sports page in the newspaper?
Is he a fan of divas (Madonna, Britney Spears)?
Does he like musical comedies?
Does he take a long time to do his hair?