Monday, March 31, 2008

Prepare to be Shocked

A study has been done comparing homophobic men with non-homophobic men, and here's the abstract:

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. [emphasis mine]
Clearly it's only a single study and any single study doesn't prove anything, but it confirms what so many of us have so long suspected: there's a "methinks the lady doth protest too much" quality to vociferous anti-gay sentiment.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Not with the being gay part; the anti-gay sentiments are definitely wrong and need to stop.

(H/T Ed Brayton)


mikesdak said...

Take tihs to it's extreme and you get Larry Craig; the inability to reconcile learned behaviorial norms with natural feelings, resulting in an almost split personality. The Catholic Church has formalized this in their doctrinal separation of "the Church" from the people who run it.

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...


Dead on target, of course.

Larry Craig and is hypocritcal ilk explained in one, easy-to-understand concept.

Laura said...

The findings are not so shocking.

What IS shocking is that homophobic men would continue to sit still during the bromance video, once they experienced a little psi, long enough to complete an accurate assessment.