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Monday, March 27, 2017

Debunking the Gaydar Myth


An article by William Cox on new research showing that people's abilities to identify gay men and women are highly overrated, has led to an interesting discussion over at Crossdream Life.

As one member points out:

"I lost my belief in my own gaydar when the day I actually had it confirmed! A gay male friend of mine and I had a good dinner in a restaurant, and I was so proud when I noted that our waiter was gay. My gay friend had not noticed. Then it struck me: I did not actually know that the waiter was gay. I only supposed so because of the way he looked and presented himself.

"Moreover, given that some 1 to 5 percent of the population is believed to be gay, there should at least be five more gay men in that restaurant, and I hadn't noticed any of them. In fact, I hadn't know that my gay friend was gay before he told me so."

Another argues that the gaydar theory mixes up gender expression with sexual orientation. These are two separate issues.

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