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University of Georgia: "Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?"

April 15, 2009

I’ve long posited homophobes have gay tendencies. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Being gay that is. Well, here you have it. My suspicion is confirmed! Well, not exactly, but my assertion is definitely strengthened.

Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?

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 Pubmed, PMID: 8772014 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Is it wrong I find this irony hilarious?

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One Comment
  1. Peter permalink

    I should have thought the degree of sexual activity common in attacks on men thought to be homosexual (often more so than on men known to be so) and the contempt many of these homophobic hard-men have for women or anything they think of as feminine has made this obvious since Kinsey

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