latent homosexuality

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la·tent ho·mo·sex·u·al·i·ty

an erotic inclination toward members of the same sex not consciously experienced or expressed in overt action, as opposed to overt homosexuality Use of this term is disappearing because of both its potentially iatrogenic effect and the inability to validate the phenomenon by techniques outside psychoanalytic theory.
Unconsciously repressed homosexuality

latent homosexuality

Unconsciously repressed homosexuality. Cf Circumstantial homosexuality, Closet, Homosexuality.
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On Bergler's notion that climbers are latent homosexuals, he concludes: "While this sort of theory is certainly entertaining, it seems to have difficulty with the current growing popularity of such recreations among women
The Sun Also Rises, then, stands as a text almost overripe in its potential for psychoanalytic consumption, particularly by those period readers with an interest in ascribing to its protagonist and author latent homosexual desire.
The cast of characters includes Captain Penderton, a sadomasochistic, latent homosexual officer; his wife, who is having an affair with Major Langdon; the major's wife, who responds to the trauma of her son's death with self-mutilation; Anacleto, a homosexual servant who is befriended by the major's wife; and an army private who engages in voyeurism.
Still, Gide had broached the subject as early as 1902 with his subtly homoerotic novel L'Immoraliste, in which the main character Michel is evidently a latent homosexual.
She acknowledges her latent homosexual tendency, initiates a lesbian relationship, defies her parental mores and asserts her own identity, and, most difficult of all, terminates her lesbian affair when she realizes that she may prefer the love of a man after all.
Genova then proceeds to find a homosexual subtext discreetly hidden in the wings of Oedipe and to 'out' Thesee as a latent homosexual whose heterosexual protestations are nothing but a deliberate feint.
One-stop (free) shopping for punchy media campaigns zap ping homophobia with wit and scientific fact: "If you go out of your way to pick on gays, psychiatrists have a name for you: latent homosexual.
Renfro's character may also be deflecting latent homosexual tendencies, but Boyce's script pulls back from that early intimation.
THAT'S THE INCREDIBLE INSULT OF TOLERANCE, * AMANDA BEARSE (SEPTEMBER 21, 1993): "MY MOTHER SENT ME TO A PSYCHIATRIST WHEN I WAS 15 BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT I WAS A LATENT HOMOSEXUAL, THERE REALLY WASN'T ANYTHING LATENT ABOUT IT.
Men were warned they were latent homosexuals and should "cure" themselves by marrying women selected for them by Freud, which ended up in suicides and other disasters.