Homophobic Homosexuals (too unhappy to be gay)
That’s what Tina Fey’s high school health teacher had warned her class about.
She continues this tale from Bossypants:
I couldn’t help but picture a young Mr. Garth being lured into a van by Paul Lynde. “Hey there, sonny, my friends and I were just going into the woods to enjoy some Jethro Tull and a Mars bar. Interested?” Oh, the shame that must have washed over Mr. Garth as “Minstrel in the Gallery” came to an end and he realized that there was no Mars bar! But there was no turning back. He had already eaten half of it.
Like Ms. Fey, I can’t help suspecting that Mr. Garth was doing his darndest to hide his sexual orientation from everyone, including himself.
Homophobic hostility convinces everyone that you must be straight, right?
And why else would he think that “gay recruiters” were irresistible?
The most homophobic are most likely homosexual
In fact, the most homophobic among us are most likely to be homosexual. (I hesitate to call them gay because they aren’t too happy.)
That’s right. In one study a group of (allegedly) straight men filled out questionnaires reflecting their levels of homophobia and sheer dread at interacting with gays:
How comfortable are you being alone in a room with a gay man?
And then they were wired up and shown gay porn.
Turned out, guys who were low in homophobia didn’t find the porn too arousing.
But the hostile homophobes sure did!
But why the anger?
A gay student of mine suggests it comes from resentment toward people who are free to be who they are.
Makes sense to me.