To what extent are homophobic men attracted to other men?

| February 6, 2009 | 2 Replies

In this age of Ted Haggard, the question is an obvious one: To what extent are homophobic sexually attracted to other men?  This January 2009 Scientific American article explores the research regarding these two variables.  There appears to be a correlation.

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Category: Bigotry, Psychology Cognition

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich and his wife, Anne Jay, live in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where they are raising their two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erika Price says:

    The one hangup, of course, is that fear/discomfort can also create some physiological responses that look a lot like arousal. I'd love to think that homophobes are all closet cases- and certainly some are- but the evidence has proven pretty difficult to tease apart, I think.

    Either way, the finding provides us with insight. Whether by their own secret arousal or by a deep disgust, these homophobes do respond to homosexuality in a viscerally different way than the typical nonhomophobe. I think it lends support to the notion that the fear of gays comes not from religion, but from an "ick" factor that causes homophobes to use religion as an excuse. Of course, religious indoctrination could set men up for stronger reactions to homosexuality. So difficult to pull a definite answer out of something as complex and vexing as human sexuality!

  2. Cyril Fitzgerald says:

    It's a shame that you haven't received a response so far, so here's my "tuppance worth", albeit not directly relevant…..

    I'm a 42 yr old gay bloke, in a UK Civil Partnership, and we've been together 13 years. Anyway, enough of "my boring facts"…

    From feedback from Str8 Men, who know & are OK with my sexuality, I'm "str8 acting" – whatever that means….

    Luckily, I've not experienced any homophobic attacks, verbal or otherwise.

    I've been shocked/amazed about the experiences I've seen of stereotypical (albeit in my interpretation).. str8 men who go "both ways". I guess that alcohol may have an impact – but does that "mean" that the men are "surpressing" any sexual feelings towards other men – only for alcohol to "let the cat out of the bag"… Erm… not necessarily… a str8 man can, and does love his girlfriend/wife, but, and it's a BIG

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