Psychology of Homophobia

1452 WordsMar 13, 20056 Pages
Psychology of Homophobia/Sexual Prejudice Society began to rethink homosexuality in the 1960's when heterosexual psychologist George Weinberg coined the term "homophobia." Weinberg used the term to label heterosexuals' fear of being in contact of homosexuals as well as the self-loathing of homosexuals, meaning that homosexuals hated themselves for being gay. As of the new millennium, there has been a new special term that has been born to define the fear, hate and disgust that people show towards anyone's sexual orientation called "sexual prejudice." Like other types of prejudice, there are three main principals that surround sexual prejudice: it is an attitude, it is directed at social groups and its members, and it is negative as…show more content…
The only significant difference in degree of arousal between the two groups occurred when they viewed the video depicting male homosexual sex: "The homophobic men showed a significant increase in penile circumference to the male homosexual video, but the control group (non-homophobic) men did not." Henry Adams stated that, "there are several possible explanations. One is that homophobia is an attempt to repress or deny one's own homosexual impulses. Another is that homosexual stimuli cause anxiety non-homophobic men, and anxiety enhances arousal and erection. Further research is needed to clarify the results and to answer questions such as whether these results would generalize to homophobic women and whether homophobic men have poorer heterosexual adjustment than do non-homophobic men. Now that all of the details, background, and evidence have been laid out, a straightforward synopsis would be appropriate. It has become obvious that heterosexual men are not just afraid of gay men but also of themselves. Men have this major motivation of wanting to prove masculinity to himself and to everyone else. It seems that this can be rooted to something even deeper into the depths of man's natural instinct and desire for power. Because masculinity is known as the dominance over feminism, it is a natural feeling for men to want to be masculine in order to be more dominant so that they may be on the verge of obtaining some form of power.
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