Sometimes it takes a study to prove exactly what everyone already knows. A recent study has shown that “Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.”
Yep, it is not surprising that Larry Craig was arrested for wanting sex with a man in a men’s bathroom, or that George Reckers was caught with a high class rent boy. In fact, the LGBT Community is about as surprised to find out that this is what is going on as we are to find out that the sky is blue. The study was conducted by a team from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara.”
Netta Weinstein, a lecturuer at the University of Essex, explained about the research that “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.”
Richard Ryan, the study’s co-author, stated “In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward.”
Science Daily explains that:
The paper includes four separate experiments, conducted in the United States and Germany, with each study involving an average of 160 college students. The findings provide new empirical evidence to support the psychoanalytic theory that the fear, anxiety, and aversion that some seemingly heterosexual people hold toward gays and lesbians can grow out of their own repressed same-sex desires, Ryan says. The results also support the more modern self-determination theory, developed by Ryan and Edward Deci at the University of Rochester, which links controlling parenting to poorer self-acceptance and difficulty valuing oneself unconditionally.
Ryan also explained that “We laugh at or make fun of such blatant hypocrisy, but in a real way, these people may often themselves be victims of repression and experience exaggerated feelings of threat. Homophobia is not a laughing matter. It can sometimes have tragic consequences.”
It is not surprising to find out that those who are the most homophobic are afraid of themselves, and afraid of homosexuality being normalized in society.