This story didn’t come from the Nation Enquirer

Honest – it came from The Daily Mail:

Women really do have a ‘gaydar’ and can tell a man’s sexuality just by looking at them

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If a woman tells you she can spot a gay man just by looking at him, don’t dismiss her claim out of hand.

Scientists say women really do have ‘gaydar’, which helps them spot whether a man is straight or gay just by looking at his face.

And the instinct is at its strongest when she is at her most fertile and in the mood for romance.

Their findings suggest that a woman’s ability to determine whether a potential male partner is straight or gay is linked to the impulse to have children.

During the three experiments, some 40 heterosexual women were shown a set of photographs of 80 men’s faces, all with the same expression.

Researchers found women were remarkably adept in being able to spot the gay and straight men.

But in a similar experiment using photographs of gay and straight women, they were less able to differentiate.

The study, by psychologists from the University of Toronto, then compared the results to the women’s cycles and found those at their most fertile had the most accurate male ‘gaydar’.

What do you think?

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14 Responses to This story didn’t come from the Nation Enquirer

  1. Dario says:

    Maybe there’s such a thing as a “gaydar” in women, but how come lots of them married gays? Was/is it defective?

    • Dario says:

      I said that women married (past tense) because I’m assuming that today men won’t stay in the closet and marry a woman when they would rather have the partnership of a man. I shouldn’t assume.

      • WMCB says:

        My guess would be that marriage has too many other variables. Woman have married, and still marry, for a lot of different reasons – from financial security to emotional comfort to social status to a dozen other intersecting motivators. That one is more complicated than just being asked to guess whether the anonymous guy in the picture, to whom you have no connection social or otherwise, is gay or not.

  2. WMCB says:

    I showed this to hubby yesterday, and he brought up an interesting point (Assuming the study is true and not flawed.) If homosexuality is merely an “aberrant behavior”, and not innate, then why have women evolved to be able to sense it?

    I also find it interesting that women’s “gaydar” was fairly effective even with mere still photos. I’d love to see one done with live subjects, to see if the accuracy rate was even higher.

  3. votermom says:

    Well, duh.

  4. gumsnapper says:

    Don’t bother me with that question. I’m in heat. Let me check the calendar. Yup, it’s rutting season!

    Myiq2xu: I’m studying your face right now but I can’t tell anything because of the paint. Damn.

  5. yttik says:

    Bahaha! I am definitely a woman but my gaydar is broken. Really, it’s so bad I spent years having lunch with a guy and his “partner” and didn’t realize they were a couple until I got a wedding invitation.

    I completely poo poo this experiment, especially the parts about women’s fertility and desire for romance. Sounds like the usual nonsense from the Daily Male.

  6. 1539days says:

    Hillbuzz used to point out gay Republicans because of something he called “gay face.”

  7. JeanLouise says:

    My mother once spent an entire evening in a gay bar chatting up the guys without realizing that it was a gay bar.

    I would’ve sworn on a stack of Bibles that Rock Hudson was straight. I still can’t figure out if Cesar Romero was gay or just a ladies’ man who lived with his mother until she died.

    I call bs on this study.

  8. Three Wickets says:

    I think we have way too many people writing pop psychology and pop science these days. 🙂 I know these “recent studies have shown..” articles have always been around, but lately it’s been like a tsunami. Maybe it’s all the social media sharing.

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