The Psychodynamics of Virtual Homophobia
25 September 2004

Re:
Discrimination Against White Male Found
from The Washington Times, discussed
here on the American Renaissance forum
and also reported in this article:
UNC lecturer's e-mail harassment
from the Herald-Sun of Durham, N.C.

When a heterosexual male dislikes a homosexual male, the reason, according to the conventions of various cultural factions, is that the hetero is supressing homoerotic feelings or inclinations and that flirtations from the homo, or any kind of feminine or "gay" mannerisms by the homo, threaten to break the supression and thus destroy the self-image of the hetero.

I have no doubt that this is a reasonable explanation in some instances. Unfortunately, one of the legacies of Sigmund Freud is that some people regard the above dynamics, called "homophobia" these days, as a precise explanation in all instances.

A professor, or anyone whose prestige, social standing, income, etc., depend on maintaining a world-view which incorporates such a generalized theory of homophobia, would naturally feel "threatened" by any challenges to that theory. Thus, a student who claims to be "disgusted, not threatened" by homosexual behavior, could wrongly be seen as engaging in threatening behavior towards the teacher, instead of merely threatening her presuppositions, her world-view or her self-image.

This is, I believe, part of the reason why Professor Crystall's e-mail is loaded with words like "hate . . . hostile . . . unsafe . . . threatened . . . violence." The teacher is threatened by a student who was not threatened when he was supposed to be threatened.

And just as in some classic examples of "homophobia," Ms. Crystall responded by encouraging violence against her student. Read the monster sentence from Crystall's e-mail:

What we experienced, as unfortunate as it is, is, however, a perfect example of privilege, that a white, heterosexual, Christian male, one who vehemently denied his privilege last week insisting that he earned all he has, can feel entitled to make violent, heterosexist comments and not feel marked or threatened or vulnerable is what privilege makes possible.
The student's "privilege" consists of his making a statement and "not feel[ing] marked or threatened or vulnerable . . ." [emphasis added] The people who made threats against the student and who vandalized his car might very well have been incited by those words of Professor Crystall.

She is lucky to have gotten away with an appology. She should have lost her job and the whole case should have been turned over to the local prosecutor.

 
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