Aggressive Males and Repressed Homosexuality

I have often heard that extreme aggressiveness in human males is often a sign of repressed homosexuality. One theory is that the frustration of keeping their sexuality a secret has contributed to aggressiveness. Another more reasonable sounding theory is that they are subconsciously trying to express themselves as excessively “macho,” so that no one would dare think they were gay.

I have noticed that the topic of sex is discussed more frequently by aggressive men, and they are often the ones who will target homosexuals and either ridicule them, use derogatory language to describe gays, or use “gay” as an insult. I wonder how much of it is testosterone, and how much of it is desperation. Maybe they are trying to convince themselves of something.

Perhaps this would explain the frequency of abusive husbands, as compared to abusive wives. Violence is considered an expression of maleness, and it would be easier to be violent towards someone to whom one is not attracted, but is part of the charade.

On the other hand, maybe the belief that overly aggressive males are repressed homosexuals was concocted as an elaborate way to say, “Nu-uh, you’re gay.” After all, the openly gay men I know are particularly non-aggressive, with their cruelest deeds being nothing more than brutal honesty. But even my heterosexual friends are like that. I like to be around non-aggressive people.

So, is there any real research that suggests that the overly-aggressive, macho, gay-bashers may be secretly “in the closet?”


Well there has to be some somewhere given that there are so many men in the world but still generally no.

I was once in a very reputable Ph.D. program in the neuroscience of sexual differentiation based in a psychology department so I know a fair amount about some of the stuff you threw out there. I would say no.

To quote that crackpot Sigmund Feud: “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar”.

you can browse through this past thread

One experiment a few years ago seems to support the claim. Men were asked questions about their feelings toward homosexuals and then shown gay porn. Their arousal was measured by a penile plethysmograph (which pretty much measured what you think it measured). 80% of those who showed antihomosexual attitudes were turned on by the porn.

The report was in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology in 1996. Here’s a link to the PDF.

Here is the abstract:

I don’t know if the experiment has been repeated or scientifically refuted.

So do you have any factual reason for saying this (besides claiming to “know a fair amount about some of the stuff you threw out there”) or do you just like the word “no”?

One question I have regarding that study (which I have heard of before) is what does the increase in penis girth really measure? I can easily believe that it tells us about a person’s sexual arousal, but does correlate at all with other types of emotional arousal, such as anger?

Now, in reflecting on my own penis I don’t see this happening perceptibly (i.e. erection related to non-sexual emotional arousal), but I am under the impression that the device could measure rather small changes in girth such that I might not notice them.

How often does one get to utter this line in the course of scientific study? :smiley:

Sorry, I’m easily amused. Carry on.

Too many questions within the question. Are aggressive men by definition homophobes? Are all homophobes aggressive? And then what’s gay? And then key in on the homophobia – do they hate gay people just for gay sex? Or do they hate only people that openly flaunt their gayness? That’s pertinent, because a lot of redneck types hate everyone that’s different from themselves – blacks, Jews, Mexicans, whatever. Is someone that hates an obvious queer-boy a homophobe or is that just another reflection of his hatred for everyone? It’s akin to asking if he’s a closeted Jew, isn’t it? Now I’m not trying to imply there aren’t homophobes, but the picture of “aggressive men” that I’m inferring are that tattooed biker dudes or the day worker construction dudes that blame equal opportunity on their poor station in live (and yes, I’m being overly generalized hear and appealing to a stereotypical image of such guys, but it does clarify what I mean).

I was trying to be more general and ask if aggressiveness among men is indicative of repressed homosexuality. Homophobia is an example of a possible manifestation of one’s deeply hidden desires, but I’m talking about basic aggressiveness, only amplified. Some men seem almost desperately aggressive.

Most guys enjoy sports, beef, cars, and naked ladies, but I sometimes wonder about the ones who take these to extreme levels, especially when they bully other men. I’ve seen animals become aggressive towards one another when in heat, and maybe this is something similar.

As Balthisar explained in a little more detail, the answer is no because the question is poorly defined and can indicate a broad number of things, not all of which could be reasonably suggested to be true. Furthermore, asking about repression of this sort is asking to prove a negative which we should all know can’t be done. No, I can’t prove that aggressive men everywhere don’t have secretly repressed gay desires but that is not how this works so that is why I said no.

Do some people hate blacks because they are secretly repressed blacks inside? I am truly homosexual friendly in my social life but I can see how people would have traits that would lead them to hate gays in the same ways that some hates Jews or any other group that you don’t have to resort to repression to explain.

The evidence looks very thin and the Freudian type conjecture very thick on this one. A single suggestive study doesn’t mean anything in science because neither science nor the statistics behind the study work that way.

Again, this question is like a conspiracy theory. The explanations get more complicated and winding as the discussion builds and the responsibility for rebuttal gets thrown to the rational people to prove a bunch of negatives and it doesn’t work that way.

I think that any person who has to keep a deep, dark secret about themsleves from everyone else is going to be susceptible to stress. And stress can lead to agressive behavior, among other things.

no…absolutely not…wait, do blowjobs count as “gay”?
Did anyone ever see that Ali G Show episode where Bruno asked a bunch of college wrestlers to pose for the camera? They preceded to take off their shirts, gayly roll around with each other and flex. It was only after he told them it was for “Austrian Gay Network” they appeared disgusted with the thought of touching each other.

Some scenes from the manly movie Jarhead were also pretty gay.

I’m not a scientist and nothing against homosexuals, but I do know that a bunch of sweaty guys flexing for each other wearing jock straps is pretty gay.

Again? Could there possibly be posed a more “loaded” question?

“I have often heard that extreme aggressiveness in human males is often a sign of repressed homosexuality.”

I’m a respectably sized, happily married dad with a kid. Occasionally, I’ll come across a jackass with a beef. Do I think it’s because he wants to fuck me in the ass? Err… no.

Jackasses are jackasses. “Repressed homosexuality” is possibly the most wanton bit of wishful thinking out there.

Goddamnit, caring about someone regardless of their sex is inherently understandable and embraceable. Why the need for some accusatory justification?

Crackpot Freud’s excommunicated spiritual son Jung would have you believe it’s actually represssed femininity that’s causing the anger. Denying the anima can lead to projecting it onto others.

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