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People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#1  Postby Bathynomus Giganteus » May 16, 2012 5:57 pm

"After seeing faces for less than a blink of an eye, college students have accuracy greater than mere chance in judging others’ sexual orientation. Their "gaydar" persisted even when they saw the photos upside-down, and gay versus straight judgments were more accurate for women’s faces than for men’s.

The findings, published May 16 in the open-access online journal PLoS ONE, suggest that we unconsciously make gay and straight distinctions."



Umm, ok.......This is an ability I seem lack. :eh:

The anti-gay lobby have pounced on this one. (Because it somehow proves gays are "different") Any thoughts?
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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#2  Postby Horwood Beer-Master » May 16, 2012 6:03 pm

Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:...The anti-gay lobby have pounced on this one. (Because it somehow proves gays are "different")...

They spend half their time trying to prove gays are different, and half their time insisting it's all choice...

Guess you can't expect consistency from these folks. :dunno:
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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#3  Postby chairman bill » May 16, 2012 6:05 pm

My visual gaydar is crap, but I've a decent auditory one; as soon as I hear a homophobe, I know that's some bloke desperate for another man's dick in his mouth, but too frightened to admit it.
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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#4  Postby Bathynomus Giganteus » May 16, 2012 6:06 pm

chairman bill wrote:My visual gaydar is crap, but I've a decent auditory one; as soon as I hear a homophobe, I know that's some bloke desperate for another man's dick in his mouth, but too frightened to admit it.



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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#5  Postby Animavore » May 16, 2012 6:08 pm

Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:Umm, ok.......This is an ability I seem lack.


You really lack this?

I can usually tell a gay straight away.
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#6  Postby The_Piper » May 16, 2012 6:09 pm

I can't ever tell if a woman's gay. Maybe Al Pacino can though. :tongue:
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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#7  Postby Bathynomus Giganteus » May 16, 2012 6:16 pm

Animavore wrote:
Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:Umm, ok.......This is an ability I seem lack.


You really lack this?

I can usually tell a gay straight away.



Pun intended? :scratch:
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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#8  Postby Ironclad » May 16, 2012 6:19 pm

deleted a stoopid. :whistle:
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#9  Postby Ironclad » May 16, 2012 6:20 pm

Nothin' to see here, move along. :whistle:
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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#10  Postby Animavore » May 16, 2012 6:23 pm

Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:
Animavore wrote:
Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:Umm, ok.......This is an ability I seem lack.


You really lack this?

I can usually tell a gay straight away.



Pun intended? :scratch:

Not intended exactly. Though I did notice it just after I typed it. I did consider changing it but left it.

I wonder if age plays a difference? The students tested I'd imagine would be quite young and from a generation more open to homosexuality.
I've always had gay friends and observed the scene first hand in the clubs.
Older people would've been from a generation were gays said they were straight to cover up so how would they learn gay from straight if the gays were 'straight'?
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#11  Postby Ihavenofingerprints » May 16, 2012 6:27 pm

I think I couldn't tell more by someone's hair than their face. Very trivial question/study...
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#12  Postby Ironclad » May 16, 2012 6:34 pm

Sorry 'bout that, my emergency gaydar got fried. :dunno:
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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#13  Postby Bathynomus Giganteus » May 16, 2012 6:46 pm

Animavore wrote:
Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:
Animavore wrote:
Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:Umm, ok.......This is an ability I seem lack.


You really lack this?

I can usually tell a gay straight away.



Pun intended? :scratch:

Not intended exactly. Though I did notice it just after I typed it. I did consider changing it but left it.

I wonder if age plays a difference? The students tested I'd imagine would be quite young and from a generation more open to homosexuality.
I've always had gay friends and observed the scene first hand in the clubs.
Older people would've been from a generation were gays said they were straight to cover up so how would they learn gay from straight if the gays were 'straight'?



That had crossed my mind.
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#14  Postby Animavore » May 16, 2012 6:47 pm

Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:
Animavore wrote:
Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:
Animavore wrote:

You really lack this?

I can usually tell a gay straight away.



Pun intended? :scratch:

Not intended exactly. Though I did notice it just after I typed it. I did consider changing it but left it.

I wonder if age plays a difference? The students tested I'd imagine would be quite young and from a generation more open to homosexuality.
I've always had gay friends and observed the scene first hand in the clubs.
Older people would've been from a generation were gays said they were straight to cover up so how would they learn gay from straight if the gays were 'straight'?



That had crossed my mind.

I'm not saying you and Bill are old :shifty:
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#15  Postby John P. M. » May 16, 2012 6:55 pm

So... is it as simple as people seeing feminine features in men, and masculine features in women, and therefore deciding they're probably gay? If so, I suppose that would lead to a statistically significant result, but there are lots of gay people you couldn't tell by that "method". If it's not that, then I have no clue how one would tell gay from straight from a cropped gray scale image of a face only.
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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#16  Postby Bathynomus Giganteus » May 16, 2012 6:57 pm

Animavore wrote:

I'm not saying you and Bill are old :shifty:


I can still keep up with you whipper-snappers! Image
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#17  Postby chairman bill » May 16, 2012 7:59 pm

My visual gaydar is fine - but to make the joke work ...

My brother was gay, and I knew long before he told anyone. A friend at school was gay, and I knew (as did most of his mates) before he recognised the fact himself.
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#18  Postby I'm With Stupid » May 16, 2012 8:06 pm

Some people have no gaydar, of course.

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There are some foolproof ways to tell though.

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#19  Postby Ironclad » May 16, 2012 8:09 pm

:rofl:
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Re: People have inbuilt "gaydar"

#20  Postby horacerumpole » May 16, 2012 8:14 pm

Animavore wrote:
Bathynomus Giganteus wrote:Umm, ok.......This is an ability I seem lack.


You really lack this?

I can usually tell a gay straight away.


How do you go about verifying if your judgment is correct? Taste test?
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