Jay Leno ought to listen up! San Francisco-based sexpert Violet Blue reminds readers of a rediscovered 1996 Journal of Abnormal Psychology proves that homophobic remarks have a closer relationship to attraction than aggression:
The authors investigated the role of homosexual arousal in exclusively heterosexual men who admitted negative affect toward homosexual individuals … The men were exposed to sexually explicit erotic stimuli consisting of heterosexual, male homosexual, and lesbian videotapes, and changes in penile circumference were monitored. They also completed an Aggression Questionnaire … Both groups exhibited increases in penile circumference to the heterosexual and female homosexual videos. Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli. The groups did not differ in aggression. Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.
Blue insists she’s not calling Leno lavender, although she does note that “there’s ‘something about Mary’ that gives Leno enough of a woody to spout jokes that are insensitive, beyond poor taste, and just make him look out of step with the rest of culture…” Snap!