Psychology of Homophobia Essay

1464 Words Mar 1st, 2005 6 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
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Al of the men had reported to be heterosexual in arousal and experience. Each participant was shown how to put on a penile strain gauge, which measures the circumference of the penis. After the gauge was in place, each man was shown three 4-minute videotapes depicting heterosexual activity, male homosexual activity, and lesbian activity. The last video of lesbian activity was included due to the idea that most men have a high interest in lesbian (homosexual) activity.

The researchers found that the homophobic men showed a significant increase in penile circumference to the male homosexual video where as the non-homophobic men did not. "In the homophobic group, 20% showed no significant arousal, 26% showed moderate arousal, and 54% showed definite arousal to the homosexual video. In the non-homophobic group, 66% showed no significant arousal, 10% showed moderate arousal, and 24% showed definite arousal.

After the videos were watched, the men were asked to give their own assessment of how the degree to which they thought they were aroused and the group of men gave answers that seemed to be close to the results but with one major exception, the homophobic men underestimated the degree of which they were aroused by the male homosexual video.

Men in both groups were aroused

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