"Gaydar" How to tune it, Use it, and knowing when to avoid it....

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    Jun 24, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    a colloquialism referring to the intuitive ability of a person to assess others' sexual orientations as gay, bisexual, or heterosexual. Gaydar relies almost exclusively on non-verbal clues and LGBT stereotypes. These include (but are not limited to) the sensitivity to social behaviors and mannerisms; for instance, acknowledging flamboyant body language, the tone of voice used by a person when speaking, overtly rejecting traditional gender roles, a person's occupation and grooming habits. (As much as I would love to take credit for this descriptin it was taken from wikipedia)

    An article in the "New York Times" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/opinion/sunday/the-science-of-gaydar.html) suggests that the "Gaydar" is indeed real, and that its accuracy falls within a 60% .... furthermore, the article illustrates that the so called ability is actually a recollection of discriminatory ideals stemmed from stereotypes, and false pretenses of what being masculine and feminine should be...

    Now given all this information:

    Do you believe that despite the amount of discrimination directed towards the gay community we are also more inclined to discrimination ourselves?

    Have you ever made use of your "Gaydar"? If so how accurate was your conclusion, and what criteria did you use to reach your conclusion !?


    I personally believe (and this is based on perception) that much like everyone else we are very susceptible to discrimination, if not more susceptible than other groups. Why? Mainly because of the level of oppression received from the general environment.

    Now, It has been proven, that the more oppressed a group becomes the more likely it is to develop self righteous pretenses from which to justify their cause.

    Yes I've used my "Gaydar" and I think mine is broken. Simply because I always over-analyze the subject; so my accuracy level is probably a whooping 15-20% lol.
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    Jun 24, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
    haha! forgot to add the other sections:

    According to general opinion the way you tune your "Gaydar" is by gaining a wide perspective of Masculinity and feminine demeanor, ad although thsi wil not entirely fix your "gaydar" it is possible for its accuracy to increase from 5-10%. (again this is all based on general opinion and speculation)

    Lastly, it is recommended that "gaydars" should be turned off during certain socially heavy environment such ass, but no limited to...

    Weddings, Funerals, Birthday Parties, Bachelor Parties, Bars, and College settings. (Don't know why this is just pretty much conveying my findings lol)
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    Jun 24, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    So it's recommended to turn off the gaydar at bars and college settings so you can rely on apps like grindr to help you find guys without appearing creepy?
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    Jun 25, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    Cenarion saidLastly, it is recommended that "gaydars" should be turned off during certain socially heavy environment such ass, but no limited to...

    Weddings, Funerals, Birthday Parties, Bachelor Parties, Bars, and College settings. (Don't know why this is just pretty much conveying my findings lol)

    Who recommends this? If gaydar shouldn't be used in a bar then I guess bar cruising goes down the drain. A bar is one of the places where you need gaydar the most.
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
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    Cenarion saidLastly, it is recommended that "gaydars" should be turned off during certain socially heavy environment such ass, but no limited to...

    Weddings, Funerals, Birthday Parties, Bachelor Parties, Bars, and College settings. (Don't know why this is just pretty much conveying my findings lol)

    Who recommends this? If gaydar shouldn't be used in a bar then I guess bar cruising goes down the drain. A bar is one of the places where you need gaydar the most.


    forgot which blog i pulled it from.... lol but I honestly, just take it as a grain of salt. not something to be followed to the letter.
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    vla8 saidSo it's recommended to turn off the gaydar at bars and college settings so you can rely on apps like grindr to help you find guys without appearing creepy?

    haha never said anything about grindr..... the way i make sense of it is ti turn off the gaydar so you focus on the people you know to be gay, and are less likely to discriminate against others. I don't see th "gaydar" as something good or bad, i just see it as an amusement topic between friends, or a conversation starter in a date.