McCain and His Gaydar

He claims that in the Navy, you can tell who's gay. Is that so wrong to say?

Senator John McCain said last week that he served in the Navy with many gays, although none had come out and identified themselves. When asked how he knew, then, he said, "I think we know by behavior and by attitudes...and lifestyle."

Now, there's some straight talk. Just as it's O.K. for women to call themselves girls, gays can talk about "gaydar," the scanning device that divides the world by sexual orientation on the basis of superficial characteristics. Straights and straight presidential candidates are generally more circumspect. But McCain's remarks constituted at most a mild distraction, barely diverting him from his...

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