Thursday, October 20, 2005


Forgive me while I have another laugh at some so-called psychology. This article (titled: "The Gender Belief System, Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation, and Heterosexuals' Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men" and written by Bernard E. Whitley Jr. & Stefania AEgisdottir) arrives at the most complex conclusions about who does not like homosexuals. Here is the journal Abstract:

"We tested hypotheses drawn from three theoretical perspectives--gender belief system, authoritarianism, and social dominance--concerning heterosexuals' attitudes toward lesbians and gay men. Data from 122 male and 131 female heterosexual college students with mostly White, middle-class backgrounds indicated that constructs postulated by all three perspectives played important roles in predicting attitudes: Gender differences in attitudes toward lesbians and gay men were mediated by social dominance orientation and gender-role beliefs, indicating that gender role beliefs may act as legitimizing myths to justify antigay attitudes. Authoritarianism had both a direct relationship to attitudes toward lesbians and gay men and an indirect relationship mediated by gender-role beliefs".

All three scales (question-sets) that they used, however, have lots of statements in them that are readily identified as conservative. So all that the "research" really showed is that conservatives are a lot more dubious about homosexuality than Leftists are. Big news!


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