Some anti-gay men have an impulsive attraction toward homosexual imagery, study finds

Some male college students who have negative attitudes towards gay men show an unconscious bias in favor of homosexual imagery, according to new research.

The findings, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, suggests there can be a discrepancy between unconscious, impulsive attractions and conscious, reflective attitudes about sexuality. Some men who hold negative attitudes about gay people show a higher interest in homosexual activities than their less anti-gay counterparts, according to the study.

Boris Cheval of the University of Geneva in Switzerland, the lead author of the study, told PsyPost it is currently hard to tell how big of a role suppressed attraction toward same-sex individuals plays in the formation of anti-gay attitudes. He noted that a previous study found about half of anti-gay men became sexually aroused — as measured by penile erection — when shown erotic homosexual videos. “Nevertheless, I think that others studies are needed to correctly evaluate the importance of this denied attraction, ” Cheval remarked.

The participants in the study, 38 heterosexual male students from the University of Geneva, first completed a survey to quantify their attitudes toward gay men.

After this, the researchers made the participants complete a computerized test known as a manikin task, which was designed to measure their unconscious, impulsive tendency toward homosexual images.

The manikin task requires participants to move a small image of a human figure on a computer. The participants are told to move the human figure either towards or away from a specific stimuli in the center of the screen. This simple task is repeated over and over, and researchers can measure approach and avoidance behavior by calculating the difference in response times between the trials.

In the present study, the stimuli in the center of the screen was a photograph of a homosexual or heterosexual couple. The participants completed 12 practice trials and 64 test trials.

The researchers then had the participants complete a picture-viewing task, in which they rated 20 pictures of homosexual and heterosexual couples on a 9-point scale, from “very unpleasant” to “very pleasant.” During this portion of the experiment, the participants wore eye-tracking equipment to precisely measure how long they looked at each photograph.

Cheval and his colleagues found that anti-gay men tended to spend more time looking at the homosexual photographs than the heterosexual photographs, “but only when they had a high impulsive tendency toward homosexual images.”

On the other hand, men who did not hold anti-gay views did not look at homosexual photographs longer than heterosexual photographs. In addition, a high impulsive tendency toward homosexual images did not appear to influence how long men without anti-gay attitudes looked at homosexual photographs.

“Findings on the viewing time allow understanding why some (but not all) men high in homophobia have a sexual interest in same-sex individuals,” the researchers concluded. “This study provides a better understanding of the psychological processes involved in the processing of erotic gay material among men high in homophobia, and provides a fine-grained prediction of sexual related behaviors.”


  1. Now all the Sodomite enablers will equate this as proof the anti-sodomites are really Sodomites.

    • Ianna Drew Urquhart on

      “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” – Ezekiel 16:49
      If you’re going to use the Bible to support your homophobia, at least try to get the verses right.

      • “The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.” Isaiah 3:9

        “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
        “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
        “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
        “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” Romans 1:24-27

        God condemns you if you are a faggot.

    • I’ve long since believed that the more outspoken one is against homosexuality, the more likely they harbor homosexual thoughts.

      This only affirms my thinking.

      Thinking about a bit of man-on-man love?

      • And you and your other Sodomites rape children to encourage them into the homosexual lifestyle. Cute.

        • Getting autobiographical now are we? Serious though, if you were molested as a kid you should get counselling.

          • Just pointing out how most homosexuals become homosexuals. It’s a fact that most of you were molested as children.

    • Project Ross on

      We all already knew it. Now you know it. You’re likely a closeted “sodomite.” Just FYI, those homosexual thoughts you fight aren’t something straight people ever have. They mean you’re a homosexual.

      • To be fair, homosexual != sodomite. I’m sure there are plenty of guys who are homosexual but are not sodomites and vice versa. I personally know several guys who believe that homosexuality is not wrong, but to act on it is (hate the sin, not the sinner logic).

        • Yeah, I assume he meant it as a slur for homosexual though. Sodomite is rarely used to actually mean “person who has anal sex.”

    • It’s funny because not all gay guys are sodomites however that was your first thought.

      • All homosexuals are Sodomites. Modern definitions are wrong. But thanks for playing. You’ve outed yourself there.

        • lol, you seem to think that calling someone gay is an insult in this day and age to anyone who isn’t closeted. The repression is strong within you.

          • My original comment is verified with every comment you make. Hey, have a great life.

            Because God loved us, in spite of our rebellion, He sent His own Son to
            die in our place and to bridge the gap between Him and ourselves.

          • Honestly, how much dick do you suck every week? Are you finding it easier to meet other down-low men because of Grindr?

          • Go away Sodomite. And please, stop molesting the children. We all know that is the way you recruit.

          • No, I like MEN. Big, hairy, hung MEN. But you sure do talk about fucking children a lot. I gotta tell you, it’s a little weird.

          • You’re so primitive, I pity your ignorance, its so sad for you that u will never see how the real world is… Fortunately, nowadays people are not so evil and shameful like you, and more people are culturizated and learn to be truly human.

          • Engaging in anal sex is not akin to being “culturizated”. It’s animalistic and disgusting not to mention dangerous and indicative of mental illness.

          • The only one that proves to be mentally ill and blind is you, and we all know. Shame for you. You are the shame of God.

            I’ll no write enymore, Bye. I hope someday you find God. And welcome 2016.

          • God found me. Even your religion is screwed up. God does the saving, not you. As Christ said to the whore, “Go and sin no more”. You can’t do that packing fudge fool!

          • Sodomite and liar. God gets no joy from your Sodomite encounters. Repent or burn in hell Sodomite!

      • Yet again, you verify and support my original comment with your every comment. Thanks for playing.

        Because God loved us, in spite of our rebellion, He sent His own Son to
        die in our place and to bridge the gap between Him and ourselves.