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The Daily Mail
's Emily Allen alerts
readers to a new study
showing that homophobia may in part be explained by repressed same-sex attraction.
In an experiment involving 160 college students (the go-to guinea pigs for university research), a strong association was discovered between people's stated sexuality and their reaction to words and pictures associated with being gay.
The results lead the researchers to make the following claim:
Homophobes who have not accepted their true sexuality may feel the urge to hit out at homosexuals who they fear might bring their repressed desires to the surface.
Shedding new light on hate crimes directed at gays and lesbians, the study suggests a possible subconscious motivation for their perpetration.
What do you think? Do you suspect hidden same-sex attraction is responsible for anti-gay sentiment?