Is Homophobia Rooted In Fear Of Losing The Perception Of Being Straight?
A piece from Blunderbuss editor Zach Howe was published on Slate earlier this week and its making its way through the interwebs.
The piece, provocatively titled, "Why Straight Men Are Right To Be Afraid Of Homosexuality" tackles what Howe argues is actually behind homophobia.
Here's a short excerpt from Slate:
Clearly, men in America have grown up learning to be scared of gayness. But not only for the reasons we typically think—not only, in the end, because of religion, insecurity about their own sexuality, or a visceral aversion to other men’s penises. The truth is, they’re afraid because heterosexuality is so fragile.
Heterosexuality’s power lies in perception, not physical truth—as long as people think you’re exclusively attracted to the right gender, you’re golden. But perception is a precarious thing; a “zero-tolerance” policy has taught men that the way people think of them can change permanently with one slip, one little kiss or too-intimate friendship. And once lost, it can be nearly impossible to reclaim.
Check out the full article--it's well worth a read and let us know what you think, Instincters!
Is homophobia rooted in the fear of being perceived as less than straight?