The New Science of "Gaydar"

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  1. Gahars
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    Just in case anyone here isn't familiar with the idea of gaydar, it's the idea that people can easily pinpoint whether or not someone is gay from quick observations alone. It's pretty commonly used for the sake of small talk and jokes (my favorite example), but surely there can't be that much truth to it, right? I mean, it's just ridiculous.

    Well...

    :arrow: The New York Times

    You read it here: gaydar, in a sense, does actually exist (and scientific papers have no sophisticated euphemism for it, apparently). There are enough subtle differences in the facial structures of homosexuals to generally distinguish them from other people. This is now a scientifically recognized fact.

    Now, I'm sure this all sounds a bit ridiculous. "Come on, Gahars, are you seriously telling me that researchers devoted time and energy to prove that gaydar, of all things, exists? What a waste! Also, what makes you so perfect and wonderful?" To which I respond, "No, wait, there's good reasoning behind it! And hey, I'm just like everyone else; I put my pants on one arm at a time."

    As the article goes on to mention, this research shows that policies keeping homosexuals in the closet (like "Don't Ask, Don't Tell") are fundamentally flawed and ineffective. Keeping them in place, then, is more than just morally objectionable.

    Well, there's something you tell your friends. "Gaydar: It's science now!"
     


  2. triassic911

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    Sounds fabulous.
     
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  3. machomuu

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    Science? Poppycock. Everyone knows the true gaydar is a magical artifact called the Millennium Ring.
     
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    Lol, didn't even know it was called gaydar or something... I my classmates and other people doing it often over here, I guess they're usually correct then? z.z"
    That's some seriously messed up thing, that gaydar. .-.
     
  5. triassic911

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    That made me LOL. Hopefully others get this.
     
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  6. Ron

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    So, Homosexuality changes your facial structure? Or is homosexuality determined by your facial structure? :blink:
     
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    Unfortunately the article doesn't seem to hold an answer for that question. I remember hearing once that some people believe that homosexuality is caused by the mother's immune system going after the fetus (if I have that wrong, please feel free to correct me); the developments that cause homosexuality and the different facial structure could both result from that.
     
  8. Rockhoundhigh

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    First impression makes it sound like somebody developed some new sonar that picks up gays, soon your TomTom will be able to tell you who's gay and who's straight! O:
     
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    Yes, it's from YuGiOh abridged, right? That series is a must see.
     
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    Thank you, Captain Obvious.
     
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    Actually if it's a 60% success rate, that DOES sound like crap to me too.

    A wild guess between two choices would have approximately a 50% success rate, eh?
     
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    Like it says, 60% doesn't sound like much, but statistically speaking the number is more than enough. Not only is it well above any margin of error, it's been consistently achieved throughout (according to the article) more than a dozen experiments.
     
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    soon we'll have something like this :creep:
     
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    I can tell some people are gay just by the way the dress or look, don't need no stinkin gaydar.
     
  16. machomuu

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    Hooray for preconceptions and prejudice.
     
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    this is so stupid. there is no such thing as gaydar. the probability of success sounds just as close as 50% which is randomly. maybe that percent is affected by the law of large numbers which would mean that this experiment still needs more trials it needs a little more experiment to get to 50% chance. also how can your face determine if you are gay. just so stupid. ive always said there is a difference between being effeminate and being gay. today's society says that both have to be related but ive seen many effeminate guys that are straight. and ive also seen the manliest men and be gay
     
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    I don't think there is much science behind this, it's more like random guessing.
     
  19. Gullwing

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    Indeed it sounds fantabulous!!!
     
  20. Gahars
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    It's really obvious when people haven't read the original post.
     
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  21. iluvfupaburgers

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    And why is that. Can you tell me?