Don’t know if your crush is gay? Simple: ask them. And don’t base your evaluations on sexual orientation from his pink shirt or her manly undercut.
Truth be told: There’s no such thing as having a gaydar. Drop the term because a few researchers have just affirmed the fact that it’s just our normal yet questionable way of reinforcing gender stereotypes because, well, it seems like a harmless guessing game.
In a paper recently published inThe Journal of Sex Research, a team from the Psychology department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison explores the “gaydar myth,” eventually dismissing and debunking it.
“Most people think of stereotyping as inappropriate,” lead author William Cox tells Dazed. “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.”
This showed in the study’s experiment. Three groups of participants were led to believe three things respectively: that the notion of gaydar exists, that it doesn’t, and that there was no proper definition to both gaydar and simple stereotyping. The results yielded that the first group, which was made to believe that gaydar exists, conveniently stereotyped people.