Is Some Homophobia Self-Phobia?

Yeah, probably:

“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,” explains Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study’s lead author.

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


  1. No surprise here. A guy I used to know was always quick to call somebody else gay or fag, for various reasons. We were in the woods taking mushrooms, and I described the sunlight on the clouds as looking like a painting, and said it was beautiful. His response, “What, are you gay?”. But I also noticed he would describe gay sex, in detail, on a regular basis. Or randomly bring up cocks out of the blue. Flash forward a few years, and who should I catch making out with another guy? Some people just protest too much…

  2. Bollocks and untrue and slanderous! Or, at least, at least it’s clearly not statistically significant. If in was, you’d be bound to have at least the occasional proactively heterosexual Republican getting caught in a public toilet with his trousers round his ankles and a teenage rent boy’s huge throbbing shaft spurting hot, salty come down his throat. And since that never happens…

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