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Homophobic college guys have ‘unconscious bias’ for gay sex imagery, study finds

It found the more homophobic you are, the longer you’re going to spend gazing at two guys doing it

Homophobic college guys have ‘unconscious bias’ for gay sex imagery
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Homophobic college guys have an ‘unconscious bias’ for images of gay sex, a study has found.

New research has found there is a discrepancy between unconscious, impulsive attractions and conscious attitudes about sexuality.

Those men, who consider themselves straight, are more likely to have a higher interest in same-sex activity than their heterosexual guys who don’t have a problem with homosexuality at all.

So it turns out that old adage of homophobes hating a part of themselves might be scientifically accurate after all.

Boris Cheval, of the University of Geneva, says he wanted to originally challenge a previous study that tested the erections of homophobic men when confronted with gay porn videos. That research previously found how half of those men were likely to get harder to images of gay sex.

In this study, 38 straight male students completed a survey to quantify their attitudes towards gay men.

And then, researchers asked participants to complete a task on a computer designed to test their unconscious, impulsive tendency toward gay images.

Participants moved a small image of a human figure on a screen, and then asked to move it either towards or away from a specific stimuli in the center of the street.

Repeated over and over, researchers measured the approach and avoidance by calculating the difference in response times.

The stimuli was either a straight or a gay couple.And then they were asked to view 20 pictures of straight and gay couples on a nine point scale from ‘very unpleasant’ to ‘very pleasant’ while wearing eye-tracking equipment to measure how long they looked at each photograph.

It found homophobic men were more likely to spend more time looking a gay photographs than straight photograph.

Of course, this study has issues. It has a small sample size, and the method doesn’t necessarily distinguish between looking at a gay photograph in disgust compared to looking in desire. But if it is accurate, it could add to previous studies on homophobia.

‘Findings on the viewing time allow understanding why some (but not all) men high in homophobia have a sexual interest in same-sex individuals,’ the researchers concluded, in the study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

‘This study provides a better understanding of the psychological processes involved in the processing of erotic gay material among men high in homophobia, and provides a fine-grained prediction of sexual related behaviors.’

 

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