Looking, with an outsider’s eye, at the American political debates -- rife with anti-homosexual fear-mongering -- and at the enshrined annual tradition of the Superbowl -- for all its primal enthusiasm directed toward tights-wearing men rollicking about an open field, piling upon one another in sporting competition, exchanging impassioned caresses upon each other’s buttocks at the sidelines -- one can’t help but conclude that repressed homosexuality is a driving force (perhaps thee driving force) behind modern American Culture.
It has long been recognized that anti-homosexual outrage -- homophobia -- is often itself a symptom of repressed homosexual desire. In fact, in 1996, researchers put this idea to the test and found that of men divided into categories of “homophobic” and “non-homophobic”, “Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli”. Based on the profiles of their subjects, the researchers concluded, “Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.”*
Consider Rick Santorum and his frenzied anti-gay rhetoric. Clearly ‘light in the loafers’ himself, it hardly takes a PhD in Psychology to discern the repressed longings that torment Santorum’s shame-filled sleepless nights (Read the rest...)