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WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres Questions Effectiveness Of Gaydar

Ellen DeGeneres is raising an eyebrow at a study suggesting gaydar is only 60% effective. After reminding her audience to keep their gaydar on “silent” during the show, the queen of daytime talk observed that, “60% is nothing to be proud of. Sixty percent of the time I know which Olson twin I’m talking to.”

The study itself is actually not all that new—it first popped up this summer in the journal PLoS ONE.

And the important question isn’t how accurate our gaydar is; it’s why our gaydar works at all. The PLoS ONE study suggests certain facial features, like mouths, play an important part in predicting a person’s sexuality. But it also revealed that the distance between different facial features (the space between the eyes, for example) is also a factor.

Ellen, of course, doesn’t feel the need to label people. Just her lunch.

On:           Nov 16, 2012
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    • MK Ultra

      Gaydar is part of one’s instinct, their intuition. Therefore it varies from person to person. Some people have stro
      ng instincts/intuition, some hone theirs. Others are completely clueless.On a side note,
      I always find it funny when people say they don’t like labels. What they 99.9% of the time mean is, “I don’t like labels that I don’t find attractive or interesting”. Then they go on to ironically, or hypocritically label themselves in a thousand different ways.

      Nov 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dionte

      I don’t know why but everytime I see Justin Beiber mine goes through the roof. It must be broken.

      Nov 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pscheck2

      whether ‘agaydar’ is 10 to 100% effective, is not the point. I think its a matter of adding up the ‘fractions’ to get a ‘whole’ gives us an intuitive measure of the person who we ‘suggest’ might be gay! When I first came out I had a friend who, when walking down the street, one day, pointed out a couple of business types, as being gay. I told him, no way! Tehy were hunky, post-college age and their bearing was str8! str8! Well, that evening one came into my favorite bar (gay) with a pretty boy twink and a week later, saw the other one in another bar, by himself! It could be he knew them, but I don”t think so.

      Nov 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr

      Video is gone. :(

      Nov 19, 2012 at 4:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ak

      gaydar is about pheromones, not facial features or anything like that

      Nov 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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