Why? Because, science says so. Gaydar is, in fact, based on our ability to analyze facial features and the spatial relationship between them.
In a research by Joshua Tabak and Vivian Zayas, people were shown faces with all modifications removed (piecings, makeup, etc.) and with their hair digitally erased. 60% of the time, subjects correctly guessed sexual orientation. And keep in mind, that the people in this study saw the faces for a mere 50 miliseconds.
Interestingly, people were more likely to misjudge men as gay than women as straight. This in line with our cultural view of sexual orientation: we judge gay men more harshly, but are more lenient towards lesbians.
So, there you go, you have about a 60% chance of knowing if that cutie across the room flies your flag.
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