(Telegraph) Women really do have a ‘gaydar’
Women really have developed ‘gaydar’ which allows them to tell someone’s sexuality ‘in the blink of an eye’, researchers say.
7:22AM BST 16 May 2012
A study found that students asked to tell whether someone was gay or straight guessed correctly more often than could be put down to mere chance.
Women had greater accuracy with 65 per cent able to identify someone’s sexuality at a glance, while men were correct 57 per cent of the time.
Evidence suggest it is easier to recognise gay women’s faces than men’s even when photos were shown upside down and with no hairstyle visible.
Researchers in journal PLoS One say the results suggest we may unconsciously make gay or straight decisions when meeting a new face.
Joshua Tabak, of the University of Washington, said: “It may be similar to how we don’t have to think about whether someone is a man or a woman or black or white.