This article is going to hurt
Before diving into it, let’s define what a beta male is. I am sure a lot of you already know the definition. The beta male is the opposite of the alpha. It is the prototype of the guy that lacks that determination and that masculinity that could potentially qualify him as an alpha, a leader. Beta males are, by definition, lacking proper testosterone, causing them to be insecure about their masculinity.
So, homophobes are beta males. The more aggressive a homophobe tends to be towards the LGBT community, the more of a beta male he is.
Studies have confirmed this tendency
Robb Willer, a sociology doctor at the University of Cornell, elaborated a study in 2005, discovering that “if you made men more insecure about their masculinity, they displayed more homophobic attitudes, tended to support the Iraq war more and would be more willing to purchase an SUV over another type of vehicle”.
In addition, he elaborated the idea of masculine overcompensation, that would explain this behavior: „Masculine overcompensation is the idea that men who are insecure about their masculinity will behave in an extremely masculine way as compensation. I wanted to test this idea and also explore whether overcompensation could help explain some attitudes like support for war and animosity towards homosexuals”
But this is not all. A 2015 study uncovered even more interesting aspects regarding homophobia. It turns out that this behavior is linked to a certain degree of psychoticism and it is evidence of immature defense mechanisms and this is a characteristic mainly prevalent in men. Psychoticism is not the same as psychosis, as the first only describes an anti-social and aggressive behavior, without the rest of the symptoms psychosis comes with.
If you think about it, it is a bit ironical that homosexuality was regarded as a disease a while ago.
Homophobes are more than meets the eye
If you will, there is a certain pathological aspect involved in defining homophobia. This is because homophobia doesn’t come alone, but it is part of a larger problem, with several symptoms of its own. According to Gregory M. Herek, working as a Psychology Professor at the University of California, homophobes are:
- Generally older and overall less educated
- Frequently religious and conservative, often to the extreme
- More traditional in the way they approach sex roles
- Authoritarian, constantly trying to impose their will on others
- Secluded and anti-social
- Insecure about their masculinity
- Often aggressive when they are being argued with
Apparently, homophobia is more than just a trait. It is a symptom among other several symptoms, making up for a lot of behavioral problems.
Alpha males tend to be more indulgent
You don’t recognize an alpha by his ability to impose his will or power on others, but by his determination of not doing it. An alpha does not need constant gratification as he already knows he is what he is. It is only a beta male that needs to feed on the false validation by bullying those around them. An alpha would never do that.
And, as a matter of fact, it has been discovered that a lot of homosexuals have a lot more testosterone levels than some of the most ardent homophobes around. Which is funny if you think about it, because it is homophobes targeting gays by calling them pussies. Right…
So, for all you betas out there, go to the gym, get pumped and get your testosterone flowing. It turns out it makes you stronger, smarter and more calculated. Kind of how a beta homophobe will never be.