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Gaydar

Gaydar

These patterns provide strong support for the idea that belief in gaydar fosters stereotypes simply by disguising them under a different label. These patterns provide strong support for the idea that belief in gaydar fosters stereotypes simply by disguising them under a different label. This suggests that gaydar really only distinguishes heterosexual from non-heterosexual, which means that it doesn’t necessarily help when it comes to making more accurate determinations. My colleagues and I suspect that even people who normally try to avoid stereotypes might be more likely to use gay stereotypes if they are led to believe they have gaydar.


I know this from strangers who find gay people offensive enough to provoke a shouting comment from taxi windows, to use a recent example, as well as from countless casual social engagements in which people readily assume my orientation, without the need for sensitive gaydar. In fact, participants tended to have a 60 e accuracy, and the researchers concluded that people really do possess accurate gaydar. In fact, when people are asked to think carefully before making a judgment about sexuality, gaydar becomes less accurate.

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