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Why do you think that people are so “phobic” about homosexuality?This is a...

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laura42634 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted April 22, 2010 at 7:37 PM via web

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Why do you think that people are so “phobic” about homosexuality?

This is a difficult topic. It is one that is emotionally charged, has religious overtones, is subject to prejudice, etc. Remember that you are trying to deal with this topic from a critical thinking point of view. We are not interested in opinions. By this time you should have realized that opinions need to be well thought out and, as much as possible, objectively based upon reasoned thinking. Discussion of this topic may be a challenge but examine and discuss with skills that you have learned in this course about critical thinking.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 22, 2010 at 7:44 PM (Answer #2)

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The phrase "why do you think" hardly goes with the phrase "we are not interested in opinions"...

Since we have not taken your course, we don't know what critical thinking skills you guys are supposed to be using.

I think that people who dislike homosexuality feel that way for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Religious belief.  If you believe that the Bible is the literal and timeless word of God then it is clear that God does not approve of homosexuality.  This may not be based on reason, but faith cannot be based on reason.  Yet faith exists.
  • The idea that homosexuality can't be natural because sex is clearly connected to procreation and homosexual sex cannot lead to offspring.
  • The idea that the way we are is normal and anything else is not normal.  Again, this is not necessarily rational, but I think many people feel this way even so.
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figlover | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 22, 2010 at 8:35 PM (Answer #3)

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I agree with pohnpei397 that 'why do you think' and 'not interested in your opinion' sounds really contradicting.

Basically, homosexual is not a form of identity we human beings have been used to have. Over thousand of centuries, heterosexual was the predominant trend(?) in human relationship and sudden change or aberration from the norm is sure to arouse antipathy and fear.

This fear is generally a feeling of disgust( sorry, cannot find more suitable word due to lack of vocabulary capacity) towards sexual relationship that they have never encountered.

Also, i think our fear, disgust towards homosexual is part due to the government policy of banning homosexuals. Because it is banned by the government, it kind of arouses objections against the homosexuals from the public as well.

 

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted April 22, 2010 at 8:58 PM (Answer #4)

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I am not sure if people in general are "phobic" about homosexuality. It is just that most of the people like people of their own kind better than people of other kind. One might talk philosophically about loving everyone and treating every one with equality. But hard reality of the world is not like that. People do have their preferences, likes and dislikes.

Homosexuality is exception to the rule of people in general being heterosexuals, just as being left handed is exception to rule of people in general being right handed. I think, homosexuals will face less of opposition from heterosexuals, if they accepted this reality.

For example, I see no reason on homosexuals having family with children just as heterosexuals have. The fact is that homosexuals can not reproduce. They cannot have children naturally. Producing children is not an objective of their homosexual partnership. Then why should they insist that culture of the whole society should be changed so that the task having family and raising children, which is currently organized as a essential function for survival and good health of society, should be changed to being just one more way to bring pleasure and satisfaction to couples.

People have no problems with left handed people, because they accept that they are exception to the rule and try to adjust as best as they can to the world designed primarily for right hand people. A simple example is that the cars are designed for convenience of right handed people. Do you think, people will in general look very sympathetically towards left handed people if they started demanding thing such as insisting that, automobile manufacturers should not be given approval for commercial production unless they manufacture automobiles which are equally easy to drive for left handed as well as right handed people.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 31, 2010 at 5:00 PM (Answer #5)

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I certainly do not think that everyone is "phobic" about homosexuality. I think that some people are perfectly fine with it while others do not agree with it for many different reasons. For example, in a religious sense, homosexuality has generally been seen as a sin. This is one reason that people dislike it or do not agree with it. Another reason is that people are scared of it because they really don't know anything about it. People tend to have fears of the unknown.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 17, 2010 at 3:59 PM (Answer #6)

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One major reason is that people are not confident in their own sexuality.  That is, people feel threatened by the existence of homosexuality, and the suggestion that the way they feel (heterosexually) is not the only legitimate way of feeling.  For people who like to see the world in a black and white, and often religious way, homosexuality represents a threat.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 21, 2011 at 1:28 PM (Answer #7)

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People are afraid of what they don't understand, first of all. Most people don't really understand homosexuality. It makes them uncomfortable. People also generally do not want to be gay, and they seem to think that if they spend too much time around homosexuals it will rub off on them. We just are not that comfortable with our sexuality.

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