Gaydar: A Subtle Method To Discriminate The LGBT Community [VIDEO]
Studies reveal that using the word "gaydar" as a subtle form of discrimination is becoming the norm. It is often used when a person could predict another individual's sexual orientation by basing it on one's judgment and perception.
The word "gaydar" originated in the 1980's, which is said to be a form of subtle stereotyping. A person would refer to it as a capability to predict another individual's sexual orientation, which us usually based on judgment.
Experts warn parents and educators to be cautious in allowing the youth to use the term "gaydar" to pass their judgment among the LGBT community, according to the CNN. William Cox and his team decided to dig deeper in terms using the word "gaydar" as a subtle form of discrimination.
Cox set tasked the participants to gauge their "gaydars" based on the person's social media profile. Their study is to assess the person's capability of throwing judgment and conclude one's sexual orientation through social media likes, followers, and photos.
The researchers came to a conclusion that the idea of the term "gaydar" as a subtle form of discrimination is said to be more socially acceptable. Though it may seem harmless for some, stereotyping, however, impacts the LGBT youth.
Discrimination against the LGBT youth highly impacts their mental health, which can lead to anxiety and depression. The term "gaydar" may be subtle, but it does amp the discrimination among LGBT members.
Gaydar may seem like a made up term, but it was explained that the said trait does exist on most LGBT members. It is not, however, applicable for people with homophobic tendencies.
Nicholas Rule, a Canadian Psychologist along with his team came to prove that the term "gaydar" does exist, as mentioned in the Psychology Today. The researchers categorized the non-verbal clues into four categories, adornment, actions, acoustics, and appearance.
These cues, however, are not applicable to individuals with homophobic tendencies as their judgment is often biased. For gays and lesbians, however, their cues are said to be quite accurate and they reportedly have good gaydars.