The Trouble With 'Gaydar'

Ebony's Michael Arceneaux says that claiming to be able to "sense" homosexuality is a losing game.

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Ebony's Michael Arceneaux says that claiming to be able to "sense" homosexuality is a losing game.

... It's especially worrisome when people -- particularly straight ones -- go on and on about their "gaydar" and its success rate. Now some new study is only going to embolden the self-professed gay spotters of the world. Super.

The study, conducted by the University of Washington, surveyed a group of 129 students and found that based on looking at the eyes and noses of those in the pictures and how they may fit together on one’s face, the group was able to correctly guess the person's sexual orientation about 50 to 60 percent of the time. Moreover, some were even able to guess correctly when the pictures were shown upside down although the percentage did lower ...

The day this study came out, I saw a number of people on social media attest to it, then boasting of their own "gaydar."

To that I say, "You ain't bad. You ain't nothing."

Read Michael Arceneaux's entire piece at Ebony.com.

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