Gaydar Love
Bill Quick

The Gonzo Option – NationalJournal.com

“Don’t hold this against me, but I’m going to blurt it out. How do I say this … men in the South, they are a little effeminate,” he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, “They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I’m fine with gay people, that’s all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he’s not, I think, so I don’t know. Again, I couldn’t care less. I’m accepting.”)

Interesting,

gaydar: definition of gaydar in Oxford dictionary (American English) (US)

Syllabification:
gay·dar

Pronunciation: /?g??där

noun
informal humorous
  • 1The putative ability of homosexuals to recognize one another intuitively or by means of very slight indications.

Politically correct American dictionaries has morphed the original meaning of the word to include heterosexual perceptions of homosexuality, but the word was originally used to describe the ability of gays to detect other gays, as the Oxford, the go-to arbiter of English-language definition, acknowledges.

It’s “gaydar,” not “straightdar.”

And this buffoon using it says more about him than it does about Cantor.

BTW, I’ve categorized this under “bigots.” Why? Because the guy is a bigot. Despite his disclaimer, he evidently thinks calling someone gay is a slur. Somehow, “my gaydar says he’s straight” just doesn’t have the same punch.

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Gaydar Love — 5 Comments

  1. Similar but maybe not quite the same is the alleged ability of women to spot gay vs straight men based on glances at cleavage. I’m not aware of this supposed ability having been put to the test in any rigorous way, but I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to a woman about this who wasn’t sure she could 100% accurately spot the gay men.

    To be sure, I haven’t spoken to that many women about it. Though it would be amusing to ask the 30-something or 40-something, not-exactly-what-you’d-call-slim women in many office settings if they’re showing so much tit flesh because they’re trying to spot any hypothetical gay men at work. Plus, I’m pretty sure I’m a refutation of the alleged ability: I lock my eyes away from their cleavage, not because I’m not in general interested in cleavage but because in this particular case I don’t feel like barfing. Now the only remaining question is how to tell them that with maximum offense. “Hey, do you remember when you were a slim, sexy teenage girl? No one else does, either. Cover ’em up, you sagging cow.” Anyone got suggestions for bumping that up a notch?

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