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  •  I think you are absolutely right here. (13+ / 0-)

    That was a long time ago, but it still comes back to my memory from time to time.  I think the predjudice a straight person feels against gays, the more vividly and obsessively they dwell on the specifics of gay sexual activity.

    I was chatting with somebody here about this a few weeks ago.  Have you noticed how much of the homophobic hate mail contains so many references to sexual acts?

    I guess I didn't do a good job explaining disgust sensitivity.  Think of this almost as a tendency to get disgusted by something.  I have a friend who loves to tell poop jokes and I have another friend who is grossed out by those poop jokes.  The latter is higher in disgust sensitivity than the former.

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    by psychodrew on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 09:25:18 AM PDT

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      That left me a bit confused, as that makes it sound like disgust and homophobia are uncorrelated - e.g. a person who hates gays, obsesses over gay sex acts and loves to tell jokes about gay sex can hardly be said to be disgusted by it.

      That said, I can see how the disgust thing might work, you begin with the mental processes that control mate selection and then layer on top of that all kinds of learned behavior.

      Sounds like it's potentially a very complicated mess.

      P.S. I'm German, can't get enough of those poop jokes.

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      by xgy2 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 10:17:17 AM PDT

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      •  I think the disgust feeds the (5+ / 0-)
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        obsession.  The next time you read the hate mail diary, play close attention to the wording of the homophobic rants.  They are written to emphasize the abnormal and unhealthy nature of the behavior.

        Poop jokes are awesome.  Studying disgust can be a great deal of fun.  We had a lab meeting one time where we brainstormed ideas for a disgust study.  I almost pissed myself laughing.  Literally.

        The few, the proud, the Pro-Israel Kossaks.

        by psychodrew on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 10:52:47 AM PDT

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      •  Scheissen in der Lederhosen... n/t (0+ / 0-)

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        by Pris from LA on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 11:21:46 AM PDT

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