Have you heard of “gaydar?” It’s common homophobic term used by heterosexuals to detect whether or not a person is part of the LGBTQ crowd. Living in Atlanta, the unofficial capital of the down-low black man, I know women who feel they always need an updated version of gaydar, mainly to protect themselves against the very real threat of HIV, but mostly so they can deflect responsibility off their bad decisions by blaming their imaginary anti-gay security system.
Well research has caught up to this gaydar idea and fleshed out another way to detect gayness. A new study found that pupil dilation is an accurate indicator of sexual attraction, and since it’s involuntary, it could be used to determine what gender a person is attracted to.
A Cornell University study published this month in the journal PloS ONE analyzed the pupil dilation of 325 men and women who were faced with sexually arousing images.
Researchers say that we have no control over our eyes when faced with an attractive image, creating an easy way for creepy people who love to eye joust to see if you’re attracted to them.
Pupils were found to widen most when study participants watched erotic videos of people they found attractive, thereby revealing where they were on the sexual spectrum from heterosexual to homosexual.
Lead author Gerulf Rieger said the study was less “invasive” than others because it did not try to find out if people got sexually aroused by the images. Physically. He states:
We wanted to find an alternative measure that would be an automatic indication of sexual orientation but without being as invasive as previous measures. Pupillary responses are exactly that.
It looks like our eyes never lie and are the key to our inner most desires. I’m on my way to Chick-Fil-a’s corporate offices to do my own research today.