People are so used to misusing the term “homophobia” that they forgot that by definition a homophobe fears gays not hates them. You know: homo – man, phobia – fear. It is actually not that hard. But this term suffered quite an alteration, since being homophobe nowadays is actually actively go against homosexuals, trample and deny their rights and consider them as subhuman beings. Which is nice, because being a hating and immature creature apparently qualifies you as a superior individual.
Homophobia has been the subject of a lot of investigation across time and it has been attributed to several factors and differences between gays and straight individuals.
Several studies took place over the years in order to determine what made other people hate others’ sexuality and during one such study something interesting showed up. Groups of men were divided into two relevant categories: straight men and homophobic straight men. Because, you know, homophobes now have their own category. The two groups were given several porn videos to look at in order to measure their physical response during the trial. More exactly, they had a strap around their penises that would measure any sign of arousal.
The videos that they had to watch included straight, lesbian and gay porn. The non-homophobic group showed signs of arousal when they went through the straight and lesbian videos, but showed no physical interest in the gay videos. The homophobes were the only one to manifest the exact symptoms when visualizing the gay porn. Now, the interesting thing was that, after the session had ended, when asked about their interest in the videos, the homophobes denied to have been aroused by the gay porn. Obviously, their penises disagreed.
This study was a breakthrough on its own because it revealed an awkward tendency that has later been confirmed by other studies: it seems like the majority of homophobes show a strong correlation to homosexual tendencies and it was more than once when they actually proved to be gays.
I can’t say the following conclusion expresses the view of the scientific world, but I would like to present it nonetheless: