homophobia : Gay & Black Glossary
Fear of homosexuals. Some of the fears:
- That unless homosexuality is severely punished, everyone will suddenly go gay.
These people imagine others, like themselves, are fighting back their gay impulses.
St. Paul subscribed to the prairie fire view of homosexuality, that unless
it were suppressed, everyone would prefer it.
- That homosexuality will become compulsory for all if gay people are given civil
rights. Again this is sort of rape fantasy. The afflicted fantasise about being
forced to have gay sex, but, of course, it would not be their fault, then.
- That failure to properly persecute gays will result in a plague of child
molestation. Again the afflicted imagine others are suppressing desires to molest
children just as they are. They project it onto gays. In reality, the person most
likely to molest a child is her father. Gay men are less likely to molest children
than straights, for the obvious reason, children are similar to women (small, high
pitched voices, unmuscular, submissive) not to men.
- That gay men will make passes at them. This is so ridiculous, particularly when
the homophobe is fat and middle aged. They flatter themselves. There are body
language mating rituals and unless you give back the appropriate signs, others
will assume you are not interested.
- That gay men will convert them. It is impossible to change someone from
straight to gay or vice versa. There are plenty of gay men already. Nobody is
interested in trying to create more. Again this is a fantasy the homophobes have
that they are ravishingly desirable.
The homophobe is nearly always a closeted gay who has been fed a really nasty dose
of anti-gay propaganda. He desperately wants to go straight and feels terribly
threatened by those who don’t put up a similar internal battle royale.
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
~ William Shakespear
(1564-04-23 1616-04-23 age:52)
Gertrude in Hamlet Act III scene ii