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Homophobia and homosexual arousal

2008-04-01 03:40:13.548381+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?, Adams HE, Wright LW Jr, Lohr BA. Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens 30602-3013, USA.

The authors investigated the role of homosexual arousal in exclusively heterosexual men who admitted negative affect toward homosexual individuals. Participants consisted of a group of homophobic men (n = 35) and a group of nonhomophobic men (n = 29); they were assigned to groups on the basis of their scores on the Index of Homophobia (W. W. Hudson & W. A. Ricketts, 1980). The men were exposed to sexually explicit erotic stimuli consisting of heterosexual, male homosexual, and lesbian videotapes, and changes in penile circumference were monitored. They also completed an Aggression Questionnaire (A. H. Buss & M. Perry, 1992). Both groups exhibited increases in penile circumference to the heterosexual and female homosexual videos. Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli. The groups did not differ in aggression. Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.

Via Elf.

[ related topics: Sexual Culture Psychology, Psychiatry and Personality ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-04-01 15:11:40.081186+00 by: JT

Somehow reminds me of the old Bobcat Goldthwait comedy routine re: gay bashing...

I hate you (thud) I hate you (thud) and you're kinda cute (thud) and I'm really attracted to you...

#Comment Re: made: 2008-04-02 10:16:25.791434+00 by: meuon

Jives with a lot of my experience and observations.

I got in a lot of fights as a kid. :)

#Comment Re: made: 2008-04-04 18:20:08.091495+00 by: mvandewettering

Homophobia is indeed a very odd thing. The people who assert that gay people are trying to corrupt their children and "turn" them gay are basically saying that gay sex is so incredible that it has the power to overturn all of your "natural" impulses. Powerful stuff indeed! It isn't the least bit surprising to me that a measurable number of them are in denial of their own sexual feelings.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-04-09 16:18:04.238689+00 by: Nancy

Meuon said: "I'm not gay because I'm hanging with the girls... ya'll must be 'cause you don't.."

Yes, and it completely astounds me (now) to think that, after our first date, I questioned your sexual orientation!!

After our second date I was less unsure...