DO YOU have Gaydar?
Nope, it’s not the latest tech gadget to hit the high street. Nor is it a new monthly TV package from Sky.
I’m referring, of course, to the inbuilt ‘radar’ some people claim to possess for detecting whether a person is gay or straight.
What started as a colloquialism on TV shows like Will & Grace has now entered our mainstream reference dictionary and, according to a new study by the University of Washington, most of us can tell within a second of meeting someone what their sexual preference is. Thanks to our Gaydar.
Really, I hear you cry? Yes, really.
And apparently it’s much easier to decide a woman’s sexuality than a man’s!
The study asked students to guess someone’s sexuality by looking at pictures of their faces for less than a second and in two-thirds of cases, they were able to tell. No clothes or makeup were allowed in the study to prevent ‘easy clues’ and the pictures were cropped so that no hairstyle was visible.
I guess that makes sense. After all, a glimpse a mascara on the lashes of Boy George or the corner of a sleeve from one of Elton John’s famous flowery suits would probably be a dead giveaway.