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June 20, 2011

Homophobic Men Most Aroused by Gay Male Porn | Psychology Today

Homophobic Men Most Aroused by Gay Male Porn
Homophobia Associated with Penis Arousal to Male on Male Sex
Published on June 9, 2011 by Nathan A. Heflick in The Big Questions

Even a man who thought that women want to have sex with their fathers and that women spend much of their lives distraught because they lack a penis is right sometimes. This person, the legend that is Sigmund Freud, theorized that people often have the most hateful and negative attitudes towards things they secretly crave, but feel that they shouldn't have.

If Freud is right, then perhaps men who are the most opposed to male homosexuality have particularly strong homosexual urges for other men....

Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?
Adams HE, Wright LW Jr, Lohr BA.
J Abnorm Psychol. 1996 Aug;105(3):440-5.

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....

See, this is the sort of thing that just makes you wonder about scientists sometimes.

Actually, the other question that comes to mind -- aside from, you know, why didn't they just ask us? -- is, why did it apparently take Psychology Today about 15 years to notice this study existed? Seriously, there's no news there. Nobody ran another penis-squeezing study to confirm the findings of the first one. (Besides, the government isn't in favor of this sort of study these days. Squeezing penii for fun and profit should only be done by professionals or talented amateurs! By which I mean medical personnel in the process of some sort of physical examination, people making porn, or the person with whom you are making the beast with two [or more, we're not judging] backs. Or yourself, of course. Still not judging. But I digress.)

Seriously, what made Psychology Today notice this ... well, today? (ish.)

Posted by iain at June 20, 2011 08:02 PM







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