Here I use "queer" not as a synonym for gay, but to demarcate that motley band of "ethical and ecclesiastical dissidents" who refuse to accept patriarchal Christianity's erotophobia
as normative, but instead hold themselves and others accountable for pursuing a higher righteousness.
But they are difficult for gay men to discuss because many of us have vestiges of an internalized homophobia, which turns into a kind of internalized erotophobia
, a fear of sex and pleasure, which is a part and parcel of the puritan streak in this country, where sex is used to sell everything except sex education.
As well, they reported higher levels of erotophobia
(i.e., feelings of guilt and fear related to sex) and negative feelings towards sex than control women.
"Racism, sexism, and erotophobia
: Attitudes of heterosexuals toward homosexuals." Journal of Homosexuality, 19(1), 111-116.
On the other hand, as those early physical experiences made you squirm, you might be one of those people who suffer from erotophobia
, fear of physical love.
She is thus able to defuse some of the fear of sexual pleasure in our Western erotophobia
, insisting that the argument that all sexual pleasure is somehow "irresistible" and/or addictive "simply is not true"; moreover, she further contends, some control of sexual pleasure actually intensifies sexual pleasure for oneself and one's partner" (1994, p.
Additionally, they are marked not due to physical features but sexual practices, which provokes erotophobia
, "the terrifying, irrational reaction to the erotic which makes individuals and society vulnerable to psychological and social control in cultures where pleasure is strictly categorized and regulated" (Patton, 1985, p.
This description characterizes the concept of erotophobia
, which is defined as having fear, discomfort, or other negative attitudes about sexuality and erotic topics (Fisher, Byrne, White, & Kelley, 1988).
(1990): `Racism, sexism, and erotophobia
: attitudes of heterosexuals toward homosexuals', Journal of Homosexuality, 19, 111-16.
Christmas Eve commemorates a birth in which we have a physical mother but an absent father, the Virgin Birth both affirming the Church's erotophobia
and ironically suggesting a then-current etiology that homosexuality results from a strong mother and absent father.
With this in mind, Pearse's erotophobia
on one side, a badge of his Irish Catholic heritage, and his approval of low grade sadism on the other--"thrashing women," he said "is one of the ways of loving"--emerge as the combined symptoms of a misogyny that is not only indissociable from but symbiotic with a truly suicidal self-abjection.(35) Pearse internalized the vicious circle of racial-sexual dominance described at the outset and he acted it out in a cycle of self/other aggression.
Fisher (42) noted numerous studies indicate erotophobia
has been found to interfere with the performance of pregnancy and STD/HIV preventive behaviors.