Homophobia is gay (for real!)

Some people may use homophobia as a way to cover repressed attractions to the same sex, some recently released research suggests.

A collaboration between the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, and the University of California suggests that homophobes may simply be trying to hide homosexual tendencies.

“Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves,” Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study’s lead author, says.

“In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward,” adds Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.

The research utilised four separate experiments with hundreds of university students.

Read this report at Science Daily for all of the juicy details!

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Comments

  1. hmmm says:

    What a load of crap.

    Two of these universities also said that smoking can be good for asthmatics because it forces the airways to open.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve always thought this, so I’m happy to go with these findings. Why else would anyone get so wound up over gayness?

  2. BoyCott The Bathhouse says:

    I am sure this applies in some cases but I dont think there is a blanket theory for social issues. Post modern theory tells us the reasons for homophobia are heterogeneous.

  3. Sue says:

    The reasons for homophobia are heterosomething. Heterogeneous, heteronormal, sometimes even heterosexual. Post-modern theory tells us nothing much except that reasons can be heterogeneous.

  4. Richard says:

    It’s all in how you raise your kids – teach them it’s okay to say words like “Faggot”, “Homo” and that less-masculain traits make you less of a man, and VOLA! The next generation of haters is born.

    If I ever have a kid (god help’em) – they’ll get a firm back-hand/telling off if they ever used that sort of carry-on

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