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DeusOrbus October 13th, 2013 5:18pm

Is homophobia real or is it just another excuse for being an asshole?

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doctalk not all who wander r lost
10/13/13 11:00 am

I would go with real. We are very susceptible to our youthful training. Children raised as Communists by communists have a communist philosophy, usually for life. How long did it take you to get past some of your early training?

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susanr Colorado
10/13/13 10:41 am

It's real. "Phobia" can also mean a strong dislike, and there are certainly people who dislike homosexuality. (I'm not sure what would constitute an "excuse for being an asshole," anyway - isn't there always *some* reason why a person acts

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susanr Colorado
10/13/13 10:45 am

like an asshole?) I try not to use "homophobia" because people seem to think it means *only* a fear, and I think fear is seldom really the case. Using the word just derails discussion about homosexuality itself, in my opinion. So I don't.

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
10/13/13 10:24 am

I believe most people who get called homophobic are just bigots and assholes

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MJSeals Legal Eagle soon
10/13/13 10:21 am

Homophobia is real, but it is miss used. Homophobia is the "fear of the same" it is the most miss used word. Disagreement does not mean fear

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Ebola1 Florida
10/13/13 10:45 am

Homophobia is mostly subconscious but real. Most straight can't imagine the desire to be gay so it threatens their own sexuality. It's more than just a disagreement but it is based on a deep seated misunderstanding of human sexuality.

MJSeals Legal Eagle soon
10/13/13 10:59 am

That doesn't mean they "fear the same." Which is what homophobia means. And it doesn't mean they fear gays, or being gay

Ebola1 Florida
10/13/13 1:34 pm

So if they don't "fear" something about it why are they so strident about it?

MJSeals Legal Eagle soon
10/13/13 1:37 pm

Because they disagree with it, there is a difference between disagreement and fear. I fear teenage women(which Is why I'm single) but I don't hate them. I hate golf, but I don't fear it