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September 13, 2007

Another Shock: Manner Of Walking May Hint About Sexual Preference

Gaydar, scientifically proven.

Is he gay or straight? At a glance, the key to telling might be in the way he walks.

A swing of the hips or a swaggered shoulder is enough for many casual observers to identify a manís sexual orientation, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Observers were only able to accurately guess the sexual orientation of men; with women, their guesses didnít exceed chance. But whatís most interesting to researchers is understanding how that snap judgment can unleash a series of stereotypes ó even from the most liberal-minded.

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As the gay men walked, they slightly swayed their hips. The observers were accurate in assessing the men's sexual orientation a little more than 60 percent of the time.

ďThereís reason to think that gay people canít conceal their homosexuality,Ē says Michael Bailey, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University. ďI donít think itís a performance that gay people enact. I think itís something that either is inborn, or itís acquired very early, perhaps by watching members of the other sex.Ē

Research such as Johnson's may give scientific credence to "gaydar," suggesting that people really can tell whether someone is gay or straight from visual clues.


As the lesbians walked, they slightly moved their shoulders back and forth ó Johnson calls it a less exaggerated version of an Arnold Schwarzenegger-type swagger.

But when it came to identifying the sexual orientation of the women, it was all up to chance.

We really need to get these people working on curing diseases. They don't seem particularly bright, but they can at least wash test tubes for the cause.


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