Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Was Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúniga's (MAMZ's) virulently homophobia letter "associated with homosexual arousal?"

Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ) wrote a letter in which he vehemently opposed the participation of ALL gays in the military.  When we see the level of homophobia in that letter, we cannot help but ask ourselves whether the following study helps us to better understand the mind of MAMZ.  And so I quote the following abstract of  Journal of Abnormal Psychology study:
J Abnorm Psychol. 1996 Aug;105(3):440-5.

Is homophobia associated with homosexual arousal?

Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens 30602-3013, USA.


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.

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