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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:01 PM

NYT: Homophobic? Maybe You’re Gay!

WHY are political and religious figures who campaign against gay rights so often implicated in sexual encounters with same-sex partners?

In recent years, Ted Haggard, an evangelical leader who preached that homosexuality was a sin, resigned after a scandal involving a former male prostitute; Larry Craig, a United States senator who opposed including sexual orientation in hate-crime legislation, was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct in a men’s bathroom; and Glenn Murphy Jr., a leader of the Young Republican National Convention and an opponent of same-sex marriage, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after being accused of sexually assaulting another man.

One theory is that homosexual urges, when repressed out of shame or fear, can be expressed as homophobia. Freud famously called this process a “reaction formation” — the angry battle against the outward symbol of feelings that are inwardly being stifled. Even Mr. Haggard seemed to endorse this idea when, apologizing after his scandal for his anti-gay rhetoric, he said, “I think I was partially so vehement because of my own war.”

It’s a compelling theory — and now there is scientific reason to believe it. In this month’s issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, we and our fellow researchers provide empirical evidence that homophobia can result, at least in part, from the suppression of same-sex desire.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/homophobic-maybe-youre-gay.html?_r=1&hp

This would explain a lot!!

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Reply NYT: Homophobic? Maybe You’re Gay! (Original post)
Logical Apr 2012 OP
AnnieBW Apr 2012 #1
naaman fletcher Apr 2012 #2
Behind the Aegis Apr 2012 #3
Logical Apr 2012 #4
naaman fletcher Apr 2012 #12
obamanut2012 Apr 2012 #5
annabanana Apr 2012 #6
obamanut2012 Apr 2012 #10
siligut Apr 2012 #14
Logical Apr 2012 #7
obamanut2012 Apr 2012 #8
Logical Apr 2012 #11
naaman fletcher Apr 2012 #13
tabbycat31 Apr 2012 #9

Response to Logical (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:17 PM

1. I'm Waiting for Fred Phelps

To be found out downloading gay porn. Or caught with a rent boy. He's so virulently anti-gay that he HAS to be in denial!

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 04:33 AM

2. This is amusing

 

Just yesterday a DU'er hit the alert button over someone suggesting that homophobes were gay, and insisted that saying such was offensive.

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Response to naaman fletcher (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 04:55 AM

3. That you find it "amusing" demonstrates you really have no idea of the real issue.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:26 AM

4. What was the real issue? I want to know.

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Response to Logical (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 10:30 AM

12. The real issue

 

Is one or two people claiming that a common thing progressives have said for decades is suddenly offensive.

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Response to naaman fletcher (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:31 AM

5. It is offensive

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:42 AM

6. HOMOPHOBES are offensive...

Not the psychological problems that make them homophobic.

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Response to annabanana (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:45 AM

10. Being gay, I alreday know that, but thanks anyway

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #10)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 10:38 AM

14. Maybe you ought to change your moniker to Enigma? nt

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:43 AM

7. Explain how!

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Response to Logical (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:44 AM

8. I have seen it explained on here at least 10-15 times since January

It is offensive.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:56 AM

11. Link for me? I am asking for info!

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Response to Logical (Reply #11)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 10:31 AM

13. He can't explain it. Nt

 

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Response to Logical (Original post)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:45 AM

9. Waiting for Frothy to get caught with another dude.

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