Is Gaydar About How We Walk?

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  1. jason_els

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    A new study published in this month's Journal of Personality and Social Psychology states that gaydar may be dependent on how we walk.

    I've got to wonder here. Many gay men have friends and family with no clue they're gay and I question whether a study like this doesn't assume that all gay men exhibit the same walking behavior (perhaps what we might call swishy even if only slight) when, in fact, they don't. Some may not ever exhibit it and others may learn to suppress it early on.

    I also am concerned about any study that relies on self-assessment of behvaior to rely on the validity of results. It appears that they relied upon the subjects themselves to indicate whether they were gay or not. Might not out gay men feel freer to be swishy if they were so inclined? Might not closeted gay men feel the need to conceal any physical traits that would identify them as gay? Again, do all gay men exhibit this tendency? Apparently not if only eight subjects were used yet sexual orientation could be determined 60% of the time.

    There's an interesting graphic on that linked page showing the locomotion of what the study purports to be gay men versus straights of both sexes and lesbians however it's way too short and small to examine closely.
     
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    Seems like another waste of money on another study.

    Also not much of a study since only eight people were used, usually you need a larger study group to get more accurate results. This small group is not a reflection of the population at large.

    And once again, I point out that in this overpopulated world of how many billions of people, people come in all shapes sizes etc and this need for some to pigeonhole groups of people is just ridiculous.
     
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    No it is not about walk, that is ridiculous. Gaydar is not finding that someone who walks swishy is gay.

    It is sensing that a very butch tough looking guy, or a very str8 acting guy is gay. Knowing that Richard Simmons is gay is not gaydar.

    Some of these tough MFs in porno (some bottoms) would make Chuck Zito or The guys from American Chopper look like girls.

    The fact that they only have a 60&#37; success rate proves how ridiculous it is.
     
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