Research psychologist Jesse Bering writes in Scientific American about how homophobes have “secret gay urges”:
I may have failed as a homophobe, but unfortunately, many people succeed. And it turns out we may have something in common—many young, homophobic males may secretly harbor homosexual desires (whether they are consciously trying to deceive the world about them as I was or not even aware they exist).
The best part of the article seems to be the methodology of the experiment. They divided a group of men into two groups: homophobic and non-homophobic.
Then they showed them porn — Straight, lesbian, and gay.
The best part (well… the second best part):
Each participant then agreed to attach a penile plethysmograph to his, well, “lesser self.” According to the authors, this plethysmograph device is “a mercury-in-rubber circumferential strain gauge used to measure erectile responses to sexual stimuli.
The guys enjoyed the straight porn. They enjoyed the lesbian porn.What about the man-on-man action?
However, as predicted, only the homophobic men showed a significant increase in penile circumference in response to the gay male porn: specifically, 26 percent of these homophobic men showed “moderate tumescence” (6-12 mm) to this video and 54 percent showed “definite tumescence” (more than 12 mm). (In contrast, for the non-homophobic men, these percentages were 10 and 24, respectively.) Furthermore, the homophobic men significantly underestimated their degree of sexual arousal to the gay male porn.
Bering ends with this:
… the next time you come across some imbecile being especially hostile toward gay people, I’d like you to stare him in the eye, scratch your chin and repeat after me: “Hmm… very interesting….”
Now, how does this apply to Rick Warren?
(via Dangerous Intersection)