Homophobia is a mental illness. I have never meet someone who suffers from this dreadful illness that wasn’t a homosexual. This is Xperiment 2. Can you guess what would happen if homophobic men were paid to watch gay porn in a lab for a psychological experiment? This is Xperiment 2. In 1996 Psychologists from the University of Georgia recruited 64 men all who identified as heterosexual, and who never had any homosexual experience. They were invited to take place in a laboratory experiment. The men were divided into two groups, the homophobes and those who were relaxed about other folks sexuality. The lab was set up to play homoerotic films and the men were introduced to a little gadget that would measure their arousal. The group of men who were relaxed about others sexuality showed no levels of arousal, butt, most of the homophobes got an erection despite each saying they did not have any reaction to the video, even though the evidence was sitting their right in front of them.Recommended Further Reading : Birthplace of homophobic laws
I LOVE this statement !!! For more years than I can remember, I have speculated that many…I won’t say all…men that openly express their homophobia may actually be trying to cover their own gay feelings. When I was in high school, one day during art class, I was talking to a friend, one on one, when this jock turns around and say’s to me “That’s easy, everyone thinks your Queer.” In my youth, I didn’t have anything to say to this statement. And not “everyone” thought I was gay….I believe my many good friends didn’t care one way or another. In an ideal world, I would of stood up, asked the teacher if I may speak…and asked this question: Explain to me why ninety percent of the time, it’s a Jock that gives me grief? Also explain how you jocks somehow know what to look for…at least you THINK you know…to describe another guy as “Queer”?? What are some of you guy’s hiding? Right or wrong, how is it that many of you “straight guys” are so quick to label someone “Gay”…when you no NOTHING about them? Is there a book I should read that will tell me the “Sign’s” to look for? Maybe this book is only issued to jock’s!! I mean…some of you SEEM to know so much about the subject and how is that? Maybe something from your past or present? Maybe a thought you have tried to erase…only to have it reappear…so to further cover-up this thought, you say ignorant things like “Oh, he’s gay!” My question circles around again: True or false: How could you know this? What experience have YOU had that makes you an expert on the subject? &&&&&&&&&& Thank you for letting me rant!! I feel a bit better. Love this site! It inspires this very QUEER man to keep learning new things and become a better man. Yes! I am a gay man!Lester B.
Lester, I LOVE your post!! I know the feeling, I was also called gay many times in high school by jocks and girls. Even though I had a girlfriend, they still thought I was queer( which I was). But they didn’t know it. One particular moment stuck with me. In high school, I had a friend that worked at a video store , this was in the 80’s, recommend me movies that I might like. She kept naming all of these romantic women movies. Her boss came over, he was very cute by the way, and said “don’t you think he would be more interested in action or comedies?” She fired back at him, “ No, he’s a fag, he won’t like those!” I was dumbstruck!!! I couldn’t believe she said that. Her boss, who I found out later was gay, told her “ if he is, it’s his business!!” I remember the warm feeling came over me. He made me so happy. This older gentleman taking up for me!! I never talked to her again, as she wasn’t a true friend. I did find out a few years ago that she has tons of gay friends, as she’s a flight attendant! The irony!!! But I think all of those types of experiences make us stronger and more resilient. Again, loved your post!!Shane
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