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Maybe that I’m luckier than others but I have not had many encounters of sexual discrimination or bullying while growing up even though I have everything there is for anyone to suspect that I am a homosexual. What I found is that I was protected by my straight “bros” from bullies. They became my shield.
But, I’ve met many homophobes in my time. Some are so angry with gays that the mere mention of the word makes them squirm in anger.
What it science can prove what we’ve said all along? That homophobes are really closeted homosexuals? Well, a research provides empirical evidence that homophobia is partly may result from repression of same-sex desire. Here’s what they did.
The twist was that before each word and image appeared, the word “me” or “other” was flashed on the screen for 35 milliseconds – long enough for participants to subliminally process the word but short enough that they could not consciously see it. The theory here, known as semantic association, is that when “me” precedes words or images that reflect your sexual orientation (for example, heterosexual images for a straight person), you will sort these images into the correct category faster than when “me” precedes words or images that are incongruent with your sexual orientation (for example, homosexual images for a straight person). This technique, adapted from similar tests used to assess attitudes like subconscious racial bias, reliably distinguishes between self-identified straight individuals and those who self-identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
From the group that identified themselves as “highly straight” a subsection emerged—about 20 percent of them indicated a high level of same-sex attraction. Further, those that self-identified as highly straight but exhibited homosexual impulses were “significantly more likely than other participants to favor anti-gay policies; to be willing to assign significantly harsher punishments to perpetrators of petty crimes if they were presumed to be homosexual; and to express greater implicit hostility toward gay subjects (also measured with the help of subliminal priming).”
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