January 16, 2012
The Effects of Male and Male
This article is a study about LGB (Lesbian, gay, and bisexual) lifestyle, homoerotic imagery, on male and female heterosexuals’ attitudes toward, stereotypes about, and affective reactions to gay men. The study took 198 undergraduate students and put them in gay/lesbian situations and assessed the results. The study acknowledged the need for more within gender studies. An example of these studies found that college students were less likely to display negative attitudes and prejudice toward gay men after viewing positive video portrayals of gay male television characters. In the measure they were asked to rate comfortably around homosexuals 0 being the least comfortable 100 being completely comfortable. It was also used as a control for pre-existing differences in attitudes toward gay men. At the end of each experiment the participants to a survey. Participants were asked to indicate the sexual orientation a couple in a video clip, as well as whether they had prior knowledge of the study before their participation. All individuals correctly identified the sexual orientation of the couple depicted in their respective video clips. Men low in sexual anxiety expressed more negative stereotypes about gay men after exposure to the male–male video. Those high in sexual anxiety expressed more negative stereotypes after exposure to the male–female video.
In my opinion it’s a matter of upbringing, sexual anxiety and open-mindedness. In the study with the college students responded to positively to seeing a positive gay person. I’m pretty sure before some of them have high sex anxiety or before felt indifferent about LGB’s. I believe it’s a lot more factors than the studies covered that go into the acceptance of that culture. Also their more open in their orientation. And sometimes you just never know. That’s my opinion on LBG.