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Study: Homophobia Masks Gay Feelings

bricklyn 2012/04/11 13:44:05

A new study indicates that those who are homophobic may secretly harbor self-hatred over their own same-sex desires.


Reports Science Daily:


“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.


The research report, issued by researchers from the University of
Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of
California in Santa Barbara, suggests that repressed same-sex desires
due to negative reinforcement through authoritarian parenting are
prominent factors in developing intense feelings of loathing and even
hatred of gay people which may in later life lead to hostility towards
those who are gay or perceived to be gay.


The paper drew evidence from four separate experiments conducted in
the United States and in Germany. Each study involved an average of 160
college students and provided empirical evidence that corroborates
longstanding psychoanalytic theories that intense negative feelings
toward gay and lesbian people can stem from repressed same-sex desires.


In order to investigate the difference between how participants
identified and what their implicit sexual attractions were, researchers
carried out a number of experiments. In one such investigation,
researchers charted the differences between respondents’
self-identifying statements and how they reacted during a split-second
timed task where they were shown words and pictures and asked to label
them as “gay” or “straight” while a computer tracked their response
times. A faster association of “me” and “gay” and a slower association
of “me” and “straight” indicated implicit homosexuality.


Researchers also used a series of questionnaires to assess whether
respondents had a controlling upbringing. For example they were asked
whether during their childhood they felt free to express their
individuality or whether they felt pressured to conform. They were also
asked questions relating to homophobia in the household, assessing
whether respondents agreed with statements like “My dad avoids gay men
whenever possible.”


Researchers then sort to gauge participants’ own levels of
homophobia, again both explicit and implicit. Researchers used another
series of questionnaires and a second round of quick-fire associations
designed to track the amount of aggressive responses the word
“gay” elicited when applied to themselves and to others.


The trials revealed a clear pattern: where participants had
supportive and accepting parents they were more likely to be in touch
with their implicit sexual orientation. However, when participants came
from strict anti-gay homes they were less likely to be aware of their
implicit sexual orientation. Additionally, participants who identified
as being more heterosexual than their implicit scores were more likely
to be hostile to gay people. This discrepancy between
self-identification and unconscious responses predicted a variety of
homophobic behaviors including hostility toward gay people, endorsement
of anti-gay politics, and discriminatory bias.


There were of course limitations to these findings given that all
participants were college-age students. Researchers now want to test
whether these results are similar in other age groups and whether
attitudes may change overtime.


In their report the study’s authors also suggest this pattern may be
the reason why prominent anti-gay figures have later been caught
engaging in or having engaged in same-sex sexual activities, citing
examples such as evangelical preacher Ted Haggard who vocally opposed
gay marriage (and still does) but found himself the center of scandal in
2006.


The study’s authors caution that while we may find this
hypocrisy amusing, homophobia stemming from self-hatred may also at
least partly contribute to cases like the 1998 murder of Matthew
Shepard.

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  • MDMA 2012/04/11 14:23:43
    MDMA
    +3
    Don't really care if it's true or not. Just plain sucks that anyone would hate anyone for something they have no control over.

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  • Bonita Simmers 2012/09/18 11:09:27
    Bonita Simmers
    I use to laugh at gay people and Gay jokes when I was in the closet just to prove to other ppl that "i'm not gay" now i am fiercely out and proud
  • Random 2012/07/29 11:53:45
    Random
    Not always, but there are some people out there, so determined to make it look like they hate gay people so much, that I just have to question their sexuality.
  • Maddog 2012/04/11 14:34:51
    Maddog
    I could care less what people do behind closed doors, with whatever their choice of sexual partners. That said, I find the aggressive "in your face" character of the entire gay rights movement off-putting, to say the least. The term "homophobia" is a misnomer, since it implies fear, which in most cases is merely annoyance.
  • bricklyn Maddog 2012/04/12 02:58:24
    bricklyn
    +2
    As soon as every one get equality and equal rights there will be no need to keep bring attention to the issues. Until then you will continue to hear about it. Get used to it until the bigots shut up and go away.
  • Bonita ... Maddog 2012/09/18 11:12:06
    Bonita Simmers
    We have to fight for our rights/freedom if you were in our shoes you would do the same
  • MDMA 2012/04/11 14:23:43
    MDMA
    +3
    Don't really care if it's true or not. Just plain sucks that anyone would hate anyone for something they have no control over.
  • Waldorf 2012/04/11 13:51:46
    Waldorf
    +1
    This is one of the oldest myths out there and is used by gays who don't have any other argument when called out.

    Sodahead is too gay.
  • bricklyn Waldorf 2012/04/12 02:59:28
    bricklyn
    +1
    These were actual scientific research studies and nothing to do with Sodahead.
  • Waldorf bricklyn 2012/04/12 13:22:17
    Waldorf
    Your interest in defending the story is too gay.
  • bricklyn Waldorf 2012/04/13 02:45:55 (edited)
    bricklyn
    +1
    I have no idea what you mean by 'too gay'.
    Nothing on Sodahead has a gay agenda and neither do I.
  • Waldorf bricklyn 2012/04/13 13:29:46
    Waldorf
    Hello-o! "Too gay" means talking about it too much...including the parading that gays seem compelled to do continuously.
  • bricklyn Waldorf 2012/04/15 05:30:03
    bricklyn
    +1
    The parading gays have good reason to do that.

    Women at the turn of the century did the exact same think until they finally got the right to vote. It was a very long hard struggle and many went to jail as well.
  • Waldorf bricklyn 2012/04/15 13:21:29
    Waldorf
    So, you really do have "a gay agenda", despite the earlier convenient denial?

    I, along with millions of normal people, see nothing noble in securing attention and privilege for gays, with the possible exception of economic, tax, and legal fairness for cohabitants of any gender combination and for civil unions that grant next of kin status to partners. I just don't need to read about it so much on Sodahead, because the obvious motive is to get attention and to try to establish that being gay is socially acceptable to anyone but other gays. It is an agenda that we don't need on Sodahead because of the high number of young people, who should not be taught to accept or even embrace all sorts of aberrant behaviors. If it doesn't make babies, it is not legitimate sex or a legitimate interest.
  • bricklyn Waldorf 2012/04/21 20:35:16
    bricklyn
    First you are delusional. There is no such thing as 'normal'. If you have any education at all in medicine or psychology that is the very first think you learn. You point is complete moot.

    Second, I have no agenda at all. I simply posted an article of interest, as I do numerous others, on a daily basis.

    Third, there is no movement to secure any privileges for gays. There was no movement to secure privileges for women or blacks either. What there is and always has been through out history, it a continuation of a struggle for equality and basic human rights for ALL human beings. That is the very premise that people of your ilk continually ignore!

    Fourth, sex is simply not for making babies and never has been. Even in the animal kingdom there is lots of recreational sex.

    Fifth, on Sodahead and in all areas of society young people are very aware of what goes on in society. Education is what enlightens people. Fear and ignorance is what breeds contempt, and that is what you are exhibiting here. This entire planet is made up of diversity, both in the animal kingdom and in humans as well.

    The only aberrant behavioris in your mind and your totally inability to accept what is found in nature and what comes from nature itself.
  • Waldorf bricklyn 2012/04/21 22:27:43
  • Jay Waldorf 2012/05/27 22:00:49
    Jay
    +1
    Get a life and quit Trolling. You're denying being gay too much to not be gay. go die.
  • Bonita ... Jay 2012/09/18 11:19:12
    Bonita Simmers
    LOL !
  • Bonita ... Waldorf 2012/09/18 11:17:39
    Bonita Simmers
    Why are you ranting on the gay side of Sodahead anyway it looks to me like you are doing research Mr. Too Gay
  • Bonita ... Waldorf 2012/09/18 11:14:51
    Bonita Simmers
    like the Adam and Steve bs you throw our way?
  • Mr Wayne 2012/04/11 13:46:50
  • bricklyn Mr Wayne 2012/04/11 13:51:24
    bricklyn
    You must still be in the closet
  • Mr Wayne bricklyn 2012/04/11 13:52:16 (edited)
    Mr Wayne
    +1
    Nope, right here. On the straight and narrow.

    http://www.sodahead.com/livin...
  • bricklyn Mr Wayne 2012/04/12 02:59:54
    bricklyn
    Still protesting way to much.
  • Mr Wayne bricklyn 2012/04/12 13:16:04
    Mr Wayne
    People do that when they're attacked with a baseless allegation.
  • bricklyn Mr Wayne 2012/04/13 02:45:04
    bricklyn
    The study is not baseless.
  • Mr Wayne bricklyn 2012/04/13 02:55:45
    Mr Wayne
    No, but your accusations towards me are.
  • bricklyn Mr Wayne 2012/04/15 05:28:34
    bricklyn
    Only your opinion. Those that protest to much are always suspect.
  • Mr Wayne bricklyn 2012/04/16 13:21:14
    Mr Wayne
    And those that always suspect, most definitely are trying to project whatever it is onto others.
  • bricklyn Mr Wayne 2012/04/21 20:36:39
    bricklyn
    No they are just curious as to the hostility and hate spewing from the inner regions of darkness. Thus the results of the study.
  • Mr Wayne bricklyn 2012/04/22 18:51:27
    Mr Wayne
    Actually, I just don't enjoy ANYTHING being rammed down my throat (no pun intended) from religion, to gay rights, to American Idol, etc.

    And I doubt I'm as unique as I'd like to believe.
  • bricklyn Mr Wayne 2012/04/23 04:02:57
    bricklyn
    There was nothing stated at all about anything being rammed down anyones throat.
  • Mr Wayne bricklyn 2012/04/23 13:25:58
    Mr Wayne
    On the contrary. The study (and this poll) make it appear that if you do not embrace homosexuality with open arms then you must secretly BE a homosexual.

    Further, this study and so many that try to hold it up as some sort of universal indicator, uses the wrong term. "Homophobia" means that someone FEARS homosexuals. I don't fear them, I just don't want to watch 2 people of the same gender (regardless of gender) making out and have it forced upon me that if I DON'T want to see this then somehow I must BE a homosexual.
  • Bonita ... Mr Wayne 2012/09/18 11:21:04
  • bricklyn 2012/04/11 13:44:59
    bricklyn
    This is what has been said for years.Does not surprise me at all.
  • joesnob... bricklyn 2012/04/27 02:00:20
    joesnoboard
    I guess it is not surprising how much bigotry still exists... and as Shakespeare observed," Methinks (s)he doth protest too much". Anyway, all the gay individuals have ever sought is the same rights as everyone else, not other "special" privileges....

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