Skip to comments.Gay Marriage and the Political Psychology of Disgust
Posted on 07/28/2014 9:47:42 AM PDT by reaganaut1
When Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on television to celebrate his successful draft into the NFL, some viewers were disgusted. The charged comments that followed demonstrated that when it comes to public displays of gay affection, some people have a gut reaction to recoil. But why?
The answer to that question is not fully known, but scientists are beginning to establish an understanding of how biology and the environment may interact to form such reactions.
First, it's important to understand that disgust in humans can be good. We should recoil from the truly gross things that can harm usfestering wounds, rancid meat, and feces, to name a few examples, are dangerous incubators of infection. "Disgust is a part of what is referred to as the behavioral immune system, which protects us from dealing with items and individuals that might make us sick, that might kill us," says Patrick Stewart, a political scientist at the University of Arkansas (and not of X-Men, Star Trek fame).
But it's not adaptive when healthy groups of people are reacted to in the exact same way as if they were pathogens.
Here's the state of the science of disgust right now. Conservatives are thought to have a greater propensity to be disgusted than liberals do. Many studies corroborate this idea (see here, here, and here). One illustrative study in 2011 found that people who were more physiologically disgusted, a reaction that was measured by skin reactions, by this photo of a man eating a mouthful of worms were also more likely to self-identify as conservative. They were also more likely to have a negative response to gay marriage.
Disgust reactions against gays are then correlated with negative attitudes toward same-sex marriage.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...
Is the author a closeted opponent of gay marriage and homosexuality?
Tab P was not meant for Slot A.
RE: but scientists are beginning to establish an understanding of how biology and the environment may interact to form such reactions.
If (as liberals argue ), gays are “born that way” and they can’t help it, therefore they should be given all consideration for their lifestyle, why aren’t straights who are also “born that way” being given consideration for the way they react?
Why is one biology favored over the other?
nope, they’re just laying the groundwork for conservatives to be reeducated because of “their mental defect”.
Oh, I get it now. We Conservatives are all just a bunch of dumbass troglodytes who haven’t evolved far enough. That’s why the sight of two f*gg*ts kissing makes us want to retch. It’s our tiny reptilian brains. Gee, the more you know, huh?
We're hardwired to procreate to preserve the species.
It’s disgusting because it’s unnatural (just check thousands of years of history), and anti-Biblical. God gave us consciences. Not that people don’t have freedom. Just don’t expect me to celebrate their life choices.
MOST people where disgusted. It was the wankers that are all the rage for Homo displays of affection. MOST people where disgusted when Al Gore tried to swallow his now estranged wife on national TV as well.
And they want all our little boys to learn it in school and at scout camp.
There is no "Homo-Phobia."
It is disgust at what they do to each other.
Exactly. Note the ‘it can be manipulated’ part. Yeah, that’s called brainwashing.
So liberals enjoy watching people eat worms? Liberals are mentally ill.
we on the right must be too dumb to think a man and a woman are meant to be together, and it’s best for a family and raising children.
Disgust at gross immorality is a function of the God-given conscience each of us was born with.
Liberals have seared their consciences.
End of story.
“...when it comes to public displays of gay affection, some people have a gut reaction to recoil. But why?”
Because it’s against the laws of Man and Nature?
Just throwin’ that out there...
Oh, good God.
And, by the way, what they are striving for is “HOMOSEXUAL” marriage, not “Gay” marriage.
I saw an article on twitter the other day on something called thedailydot.com entitled “10 myths about anal sex”. It was written by a gay activist and the CLEAR intent of that story and this, is to mitigate the disgust factor that people feel towards the mechanics of gay sex. They feel they’ve won on the PR front bc it’s everywhere, now, they are attempting to finetune it and overcome the feelings of revulsion with explanations about how it’s REALLY not bad/dirty/disgusting. It is appalling how successful they have been.
Disgust amongst yourselves...
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If the disgust response is innate and presumed to be part of our defense and protection, which the biologist and the evolutionary psychologist would say helped us to evolve and evolved with us, and those they identify as conservatives have a stronger response, then what does that say about the liberal's mind in the evolutionary meritocracy known as "the survival of the fittest"?
The liberal mind's disgust response to disgusting should be stronger, but isn't. Why?
Or is this the attempted re-writing of yet another definition, so as to accommodate their behavior and ease their cognitive dissonance, by minimizing scientific evolution in their attempt to "evolve" society in a gay way?
Kinda hard to keep up with this rapid societally transforming evolutionary path we've been set on. Lots of things evolve, like diseases, for example.
Should another disease like HIV AIDS come along and be bad ass deadly enough to scare everyone like it did, my guess is natural evolution will win in the court of freaked out public opinion once again and societal evolution will stall out and fall back a bit.
That or fire and brimstone rain down from the sky...
A couple queers doing what queers do are "dangerous incubators of infection," too.