“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.”)
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.