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homosexual

 [ho″mo-sek´shoo-al]
1. pertaining to the same sex; directed toward a person of the same sex; the opposite of heterosexual.
2. one who is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex.
homosexual panic an acute severe episode of anxiety, due to unconscious conflicts involving sexual identity, in which there is the fear or delusional conviction that the person is thought by others to be a homosexual or is in danger of sexual attack by a person of the same sex, often accompanied by agitation, guilt, hallucinations, or depression.

panic

 [pan´ik]
acute, extreme anxiety with disorganization of personality and function; panic attacks are characteristic of panic disorder (see anxiety disorders) and may also occur in other mental disorders.
panic disorder an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of panic, episodes of intense apprehension, fear, or terror associated with somatic symptoms such as dyspnea, palpitations, dizziness, vertigo, faintness, or shakiness and with psychological symptoms such as feelings of unreality, fear of dying, going crazy, or losing control; there is usually chronic nervousness between attacks. It is almost always associated with agoraphobia and is officially classified as either panic disorder with agoraphobia or panic disorder without agoraphobia. This disorder does not include panic attacks that may occur in phobias when the patient is exposed to the phobic stimulus.
homosexual panic a severe episode of anxiety due to unconscious conflicts involving sexual identity; see also homosexual panic.

ho·mo·sex·u·al pan·ic

an acute, severe attack of anxiety based on unconscious conflicts regarding homosexuality.

homosexual panic

an acute attack of anxiety based on unconscious conflicts concerning gender identity and a fear of being homosexual. Compare heterosexual panic.

homosexual panic

Sexuality An acute severe attack of anxiety based on unconscious conflicts involving gender identity. See Circumstantial homosexuality. Cf 'Don Juan' syndrome.

ho·mo·sex·u·al pan·ic

(hō'mō-sek'shū-ăl pan'ik)
An acute, severe attack of anxiety based on unconscious conflicts regarding homosexuality.
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I would argue instead that, pace Duvall and Parker, Percy doesn't castrate Joe Christmas out of homosexual panic.
11) John Duvall writes perhaps the most convincing study of Faulknerian homosexual panic and homosocial desire, although he acknowledges that this matrix of desire is always figured along masculine/feminine lines.
Quentin's shaking, however, has often been interpreted as a hysterical symptom of repression, a hysteria that might also be labeled homosexual panic.
Or is homosexual panic when your mother phones to tell you the good news: your baby sister is engaged and isn't it wonderful?
This psychological theory of homosexual panic was refined by later psychiatrists and psychologists who elaborated upon Kempf's definitional foundation.
Indeed we may understand the Ancient Mariner's shooting of the albatross as either a furtive (and possibly forced) homosexual act -- the perverse violation of another man's body -- or the opposite: a self-violating refusal to pursue a homosexual inclination; I believe that driven like Wordsworth by homosexual panic, Coleridge later added diversionary introductions, conclusions, and/or marginalia to all three of his three dream-poems that screen but do not erase the already obscure homoerotic traces in those texts.
Marlow falls back on the same patriarchal power structure whose strained masculine bonds engendered "male homosexual panic," and marginaliz ed women in Victorian society.
Homosexual panic, which is the technical term for what many of us fear will happen to the concierge if we ask him where the gay bars are, has become a popular defense for gay bashers because it plays into the majority's notion that just being the receiver of a casual gay pass is enough to turn the average guy into a member of the Manson family.
Beneath all those carefully pruned roses, American Beauty is among many other things a cautionary tale about homosexual panic.
That doesn't keep plenty of lawyers from trying to use what has become known as the homosexual panic defense for gay bashers, says Arthur Leonard, a professor at New York Law School.
But it isn't the intense, horrific side of homosexual panic which is found m The Turn of the Screw.
His view of the central problem-that of adults corrupting "small children"-echoed a familiar refrain from the sex-crime panics of the 1930s and the homosexual panics of the 1950s; now, however, lesbians were given attributes previously reserved for male sexual deviants.