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Are homophobes really phobic?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Davis Goodman 5 hours ago. 19 Replies

A phobia is a fear. Agoraphobia is a fear of being exposed in an open space. Claustrophobia is a fear of being confined in a small space. Ailurophobia is a fear of cats. Taken literally, homophobia…Continue

Tags: gays, phobia, hatred, homophobia

Did all those students die because they were Korean?

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Looking for causes of the South Korean ferry disaster can get confusing. There are three main categories of explanation:1. mishandling by the crew and the captain, because passengers were told to…Continue

Tags: disaster, ferry, korean

How does the United States Rank? Prepare for a shock!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen yesterday. 8 Replies

Eight of the Top 10 richest men in the world are Americans. (source) And I say "men" because all ARE men.A recent…Continue

Tags: states, report, united, ranking, of

This Korean ferry tragedy seems more horrific than the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner

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The world watches aghast as almost no progress is made rescuing the many people who were trapped inside the Korean ferry. Between cold water and air, depleting (or depleted) oxygen, and the fact that…Continue

Tags: disaster, tragedy, airliner, malaysian, ferry

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Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"Thanks for that Robert. That was sublime!"
5 hours ago
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"The word homophobia has taken on additional meaning in the last 44 years, but the prominent role you suggest sexual revulsion plays in its etymology just isn't there."
6 hours ago
RobertPiano replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
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7 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"But I didn't ask if they are phobias in the psychological sense but on your theory (disgust of gay sexual acts or Christian doctrine). These are all cases that would be broadly defined as homophobic as most people understand the term. But not…"
7 hours ago
Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"I'm sure that's true sometimes. Not always."
8 hours ago
Unseen replied to Mike Donohoe's discussion 'What if Belief in a Higher Power is Not Belief in Anything Supernatural?'
"Or, "What a pretty light in the sky. I wonder what it is?""
8 hours ago
Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"Well, if you are asserting that radical feminists are often attacked by misogynists, that's trivially true."
8 hours ago
Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"They aren't instances of true phobias in the psychological sense. "
8 hours ago
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"Sadly, conventional linguistic logic gets tossed out the window once you delve into LGBTTQQ2S(etc.). Lots of words in English are poorly formed, but consensus eventually forms on meaning.  With sexual identity, however, there is an emerging…"
12 hours ago
Nerdy Keith replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"I believe so. Many if not all would deny this of course. But I would argue that all hatred is based on fear. The very existence of homosexuals makes these people feel very uncomfortable. Even if they are not gay themselves in denial; they know that…"
12 hours ago
Obfuskation replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"Clarification--- ...by radical feminists."
12 hours ago
Davis Goodman replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"Think of these situations and tell me if any are cases of homophobia (in the context of afraid of contact with homosexuals and or disgusted by gay acts or both or neither): "Oh god...I hope that gay guy isn't selected to work in my…"
12 hours ago
Gallup's Mirror replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"You're right. The root word homo is Greek not Latin. I stand corrected. Thanks for pointing that out, Kris."
12 hours ago
Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"In that case, contrary to Gallup's Mirror, lesbians are correctly referred to as homosexuals."
12 hours ago
Unseen replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"I would think that "misogyny" (hatred of women) would be used BY radical feminists more than against them. Feminists are often accused of misandry, a distaste for or hatred for men."
12 hours ago
kris feenstra replied to Unseen's discussion 'Are homophobes really phobic?'
"The term 'phobia' is used differently across different disciplines and contexts. A hydrophobic molecule, for instance, is not literally afraid of water. 'Xenophobia' is a term which often does not refer to a psychological anxiety…"
12 hours ago

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Unseen's Blog

A great number of paradoxes, starting with Scroedinger's cat

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

I'm sorry, but I had to stop listening to this bit at about the fourth paradox due to being out of breath from laughing. How long can you last?

Famous last words. No...really!

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 6:30pm 3 Comments

I found a website where Texas lists every capital execution from 1982 on. One of the more interesting things about it is that it includes any last statements the prisoners made. Interesting reading. Lots of "foxhole converts" among them, I note.

OBAMACARE Is Better Than You Think

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 11:40am 1 Comment

In just one week the main part of Obamacare will begin to kick in. This is the state level exchanges that will allow the uninsured to be covered. Beginning on October 1, people will be able to sign up to get insurance in their state regardless of their health.

Most people signing up on the exchanges will qualify for subsidies based on their income and family size. This means that the cost of insurance will be less than the advertised price.

This is good…

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More proof (if you needed any) that things go in cycles

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Samsung has released its new Galaxy Mega, which has a...(wait for it)....(wait for it)...(wait for it)...6.3-inch screen! Tablets tend to start off just .7 inches. 

I have to laugh because after a couple decades of making cell phones as small as possible...…

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At 10:30pm on March 25, 2014, Justin said…

ah yes Im new to it, thank u

At 2:58am on March 25, 2014, EMil Wentzel said…

Thanks :)

I'm still feeling my way around, glad to see so many wonderful positive and active voices here :)

At 11:56am on February 7, 2014, Reg The Fronkey Farmer said…

Thanks for the add Unseen. We took long enough lol...

At 2:46pm on August 30, 2013, Beth said…

Nice to meet you too!

At 3:45pm on May 22, 2013, Asura said…

Yeah i'am new here, seems like an amazing place :D

Thank you!

At 4:25am on March 3, 2013, Gregg R Thomas said…

You Tyrant You.  LOL

Oh well at least we now have Richard Bohn, I wonder how long he will last. :D

At 10:33pm on March 2, 2013, Gregg R Thomas said…

Nice to be here, your thread got closed.

That's one of my pet peeves about Internet forums, the arbitrary overreaching invisible controlling hand.  But maybe it's just me...I gots me plentys of pets that peeves me. :D 

At 9:20pm on October 26, 2012, Marc Poulin said…

What I meant was I can't believe we hadn't friended each other already. :)

At 8:44pm on October 26, 2012, Marc Poulin said…

I thought we already were friends. Oh well, the more the merrier

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Hi, just wanted to say I've been one of those people who have been "lurking" in the background for the last couple of months. Your comments and those of the other prominent posters make me feel like I have found a place for clear thinking. Thanks for your posts, even the snarky ones. Cheers!
 
 
 

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