|They eyes have it. Not to mention the entire face.|
Cooper, however, didn't really need to come out. Everybody already knew - we just knew - that he is gay. How did we know? Gaydar, that's how. Yes, friends, gaydar is real, and it's very reliable.
A study released earlier this year by the Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle as a research article says that gaydar is accurate and is triggered by people's ability to read facial features, and also the "spatial distance between eyes." The researchers, Joshua A. Tabak and Vivian Zayas, released their article with the title "The Roles of Featural and Configural Face Processing in Snap Judgments of Sexual Orientation."
That's a big one, for me anyway: The eyes. There are other clues, of course, such as the voice, choice of words and phrases, the walk, the manner of dress, and so on.
Gaydar is not perfect, of course. There are plenty of homosexuals who can "pass" as straight under the most demanding set of circumstances. However, you can just look at some folks and know with 90% accuracy that they are gay. Many of us have always said that. It's nice to have that validated by good ole scientific research.
At the Los Angeles Times, Carla Hall wrote that he would lose some privacy. But just a bit. "So, yes," she wrote, "Cooper loses some of his privacy -- but this is about his sexual orientation, not his sex life. No one is calling on him to give up details of his romantic life."
Well let me be the first to call on Anderson Cooper to give up those "romantic life" details. Top or bottom? Eat the bean or not? Who does the dishes? America wants to know, and all 112 of CNN's viewers are probably on the edge of their seats waiting for that information. Not many other people seem to really care, however.