WP: Study says your gaydar sucks

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    Sep 08, 2015 4:14 PM GMT
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/09/08/new-study-finds-that-your-gaydar-is-terrible/
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    Sep 08, 2015 5:11 PM GMT
    I don't think I needed a study to tell me this icon_razz.gif
  • bro4bro

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    Sep 08, 2015 7:32 PM GMT
    Wait, so that guy who sucked my cock last night wasn't gay?
  • jeepguySD

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    Sep 09, 2015 12:41 AM GMT
    I know that I've never had gaydar. The majority of times that I've thought a guy might be gay it turned out to be nothing more than wishful thinking on my part.

    It usually goes like this: I see an attractive guy who I suspect, based on various cues, might be gay. I say hello, engage him in conversation, he's friendly and chatty, but at some point he mentions either his wife or his girlfriend. I really can't count how many times this has happened to me.
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    Sep 09, 2015 1:52 AM GMT
    I have found that Gaydar seems to be mostly "stereotype-dar" more than anything. If a guy is somewhat pretty or somewhat feminine, gaydars begin to ping. Same if a girl is tomboyish or rough.

    Or if a guy is friendly to a gay guy and looks them in the eyes for an extended period of time with a smile... people think it's a gay connection when really the guy is just a genuinely nice guy and not feeling any sexual tension towards you whatsoever.
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    Sep 09, 2015 2:32 AM GMT
    woodfordr saidI have found that Gaydar seems to be mostly "stereotype-dar" more than anything. If a guy is somewhat pretty or somewhat feminine, gaydars begin to ping. Same if a girl is tomboyish or rough.

    Or if a guy is friendly to a gay guy and looks them in the eyes for an extended period of time with a smile... people think it's a gay connection when really the guy is just a genuinely nice guy and not feeling any sexual tension towards you whatsoever.


    This is partly what the article is arguing. I agree to an extent. However, I also think that there are a handful of subtle nuances that you can pick up on. But often it takes much more than a picture or a glance to figure it out.