According to the University of Wisconsin’s study, which was published in the Journal of Sex Research, gaydar is not real. William Cox, an assistant scientist in the Department of Psychology and the lead author, chose to do this study in order to dispel the stereotype that some people might have gaydar and thus can determine who is gay and who isn’t.
In the press release Cox said, “Most people think of stereotyping as inappropriate. But if you’re not calling it ‘stereotyping,’ if you’re giving it this other label and camouflaging it as ‘gaydar,’ it appears to be more socially and personally acceptable.”
The running joke about me is that I have Soviet Era gaydar; anybody less obvious than, say, Paul Lynde or Janet Napolitano goes right by. Story though. Once, I gave my son and a couple of his friends a ride home after a high school dance. And there was one kid who just wouldn’t shut up about his involvement in the Gay-Straight Alliance and how excited he was about the upcoming Spring musical that he was in. I mean, Obama’s Safe School Czar totally would have sent this kid to a bus station.
A few months later, he stole my son’s girlfriend and last I heard they were married.