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Qualitative Research in Psychology
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Making Sense of Homonegativity: Heterosexual Men and Women's Understanding of Their Own Prejudice and Discrimination toward Gay Men Lisa Margaret Jewell & Melanie Ann Morrison
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University of Saskatchewan, Department of Psychology, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Published online: 28 Aug 2012. To cite this article: Lisa Margaret Jewell & Melanie Ann Morrison (2012): Making Sense of Homonegativity: Heterosexual Men and Women's Understanding of Their Own Prejudice and Discrimination toward Gay Men, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 9:4, 351-370 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2011.586098
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Qualitative Research in Psychology, 9:351–370, 2012 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC ISSN: 1478-0887 print/1478-0895 online DOI: 10.1080/14780887.2011.586098
Making Sense of Homonegativity: Heterosexual Men and Women’s Understanding of Their Own Prejudice and Discrimination toward Gay Men LISA MARGARET JEWELL AND MELANIE ANN MORRISON
Downloaded by [University of Technology Sydney] at 08:57 03 May 2013 University of Saskatchewan, Department of Psychology, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Homonegativity is a social force that deleteriously affects the lives and well-being of gay men and lesbian women. To date, however, research has shed little light on the reasons and justiﬁcations heterosexuals may give for engaging in homonegativity. Drawing on a series of one-to-one interviews with heterosexual men and women, insight is provided into the experiences these individuals have had with gay men, the rationale they provide for their homonegative attitudes and behaviours, and how they make sense of their homonegativity. Results from an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the data indicated that participants’ homonegativity was characterized by feelings of discomfort when confronted with homosexuality and perceptions that gay men are effeminate. Participants also drew upon their religious beliefs, internal affective reactions, and beliefs that homosexuality is unnatural and a choice in order to make sense of their homonegativity. The suitability of various theoretical frameworks for explaining participants’ homonegativity is discussed. Keywords: discrimination; gay; homosexuality; Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis; lesbian; prejudice; qualitative
Relatively little is known about the ways in which heterosexual men and women who are homonegative (i.e., who perpetrate the stereotyping of, and prejudiced attitudes and discriminatory behaviour toward, gay men and lesbian women) conceptualize their own homonegativity. The majority of research on homonegativity examines individuals’ endorsement of anti-gay/lesbian...
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