origins of homophobia. I still believe that the origins of homophobia boils down to at its base a need for a larger population. Yet, there is still more that can be added to the equation. Why do homophobes fear/hate us, when studies like the one I discussed yesterday state that homophobic behavior is associated with penis arousal to male on male sex? So if you look at that study about homophobic behavior, what does it have to do with racism? This is why I want to look at the origins of racism and bigotry.
The result of this is a terrifying prospect for the former southern slave holders. With already a belief in African-American inferiority taught to southerners, they feared that women might look to that African-American virility. Thus groups like the KKK and others were formed to “protect southern womanhood.” Not only were numerous atrocities carried out by these groups against recently freed slaves, but also they began a move toward African-American demasculation/emasculation to make them seem less virile. The same strategy was used by the North against former Confederates such as Jefferson Davis and was essentially a homophobic strategy. The need to take away masculinity has long been a political tool used since ancient times.