Homophobia: Description, Development, and Dynamics of Gay Bashing

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Personality Disorder Homophobes -- II: Hysterical (Histrionic) Personality Disorder Homophobes

Hysterical (histrionic) homophobes are competitive individuals, rivals in what they view as the ongoing contest of life, in which there can only be one winner. They hate gays and lesbians because they envy them, and they envy them because they think they have it all. They envy them for everything from their hard bodies developed in the gym to their freedom from family responsibility. They deal with their envy by putting them down. They criticize them for what they perceive to be their flaws, although these supposed flaws are either minor, or are virtues misperceived as flaws. For example, one homophobe was in effect demeaning gays and lesbians for their artistic ability when he said that "they made good shower curtain designers but never satisfactory CEOs," and for their ability to dance when he said that "they have a terrific sense of rhythm, but no head for business." The goal of hysterical homophobes is to be, figuratively speaking, the chef, while keeping the homosexual down in the position of the sous chef. And their inspiration is the model room in model homes, where decorators deliberately keep the furniture small, so that they can make the rooms themselves look larger. Such homophobes like being homophobic and resist change, because their homophobia provides them with a refuge from feeling as inferior as they

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