Homophobia & Christianity
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Heard about the scientific test that homophobes' penises get a little tingle when shown a picture of a nude man?
I couldn't find it on Google. Since I couldn't even find references to it on Google there's no doubt that I wasn't searching properly. Not to mention that once you put penis into Google you'll see more cock enhancement sites than you'd've wanted to see even if you hadn't been getting all that damned spam (richardevanslee u can have a bigger member in two seconds, make her happier tonight, relee is your dick inadequate?, big dicks are scientific, congratulations! richard penis will be fatter faster, &etc.).
Hidden queer appetites are surely causes of homophobia. Hating what you suppress and deny, jealous of the pleasures you can't share, everybody knows they exist (even in people who won't admit they feel any of them). How many of us who put our sexuality online have been battered by the demands of the hungry closet case?
An oversimplification: it is foolish to dismiss the hatred of the alien, the different. It has caused riots after soccer matches. How many Jews have been murdered because even if they weren't Christ-killers they were too different to be endured? Just imagine a six-foot housefly. For many a straight person we are horrifyingly baffling or weird. (My own daddy I'm fairly sure was wholly hetero: when I confessed my own sexuality it took his mind to a space it couldn't tolerate.)
And the damned Bible. As a fan of Christianity I feel terribly impatient with people who think Fundamentalists are just sitting on their porches feeling smug. Eternal damnation is real to fundies: unceasing torment, unending horror. Have you ever wished you could spare someone hurt? Imagine if you saw a man or woman you thought would suffer pain that would never, ever stop. Wicked creeps like Fred Phelps aside, many an ordinary Fundamentalist Christian knows that you will be consigned to hurt that never ceases. Infinities of eons will pass without escape. You and any other queer man or woman. Lose your sanity for a moment and project yourself into this insane eschatology. This is the fate many Christians think is yours. If you shared their Weltanschauung what the fuck would you want to do? Our enemy isn't just self-satisfied complacence, it is a theology that any half-sane person can't help but see as crazy. Tens of millions of these folks walk among us. Scarier than The Invasion of the Body Snatchers isn't it? There is no room for dialogue: they are the enemy.
Transphobia, sissyphobia, unseen ethnic bias, hidden class or economic prejudice: the mystery of homophobia lurks within us all.
One of the folks on Live Journal pointed me to this:
Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?
by Adams, Henry E.; Wright, Lester W.; Lohr, Bethany A.
from Journal of Abnormal Psychology. 1996 Aug Vol 105(3) 440-445
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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)
You can find the abstract on the APA website at http://www.psycinfo.com/psycarticles/index.cfm?fuseaction=toc&jrn=abn&vol=105&iss=3 and scroll down to item 14.