Which definition of homophobe do you consider correct?

Posted by: Mathgeekjoe

  • A person who hates or is afraid of homosexuals or treats them badly.

  • A person who has an extreme or irrational fear of homosexuals.

64% 7 votes
36% 4 votes
  • This is the meaning it's taken on now and it's not possible to reverse it. If we were to only look at the roots, 'homophobe' should mean 'an irrational fear of homogeneity' or perhaps 'a person sharing the same phobia as another person', since there's no 'sexuality' root in the word.

  • The definition of phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of something. So if you add "Homo" as a prefix it becomes the extreme or irrational fear of homosexuals.

    Posted by: roun12
  • I don't see how a phobia is hate. If someone hated spiders but wasn't scared of them, I wouldn't call them an arachnophobe. A better word for someone who hates a group is a bigot. Why not make the word homobigot? Seems to fit better than a phobe.

  • Nowadays, people take it to mean a person that hates gays. However, a phobia is an extreme and irrational fear of something, and therefore a homophobe is someone with an extreme or irrational fear of homosexuals.

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Stefy says2015-04-24T05:33:44.0474727-05:00
Both. The fear leads to the hatred they are connected. Really though the semantics of the issue isnt important.
DI0GENES says2015-04-24T07:19:11.2015942-05:00
There is no such thing as a Homophobe. No one fears them, as far as I know. It is simply a word that some perverts made up to label people with moral convictions who disagree with them.
TBR says2015-04-24T14:58:15.1866405-05:00
@DI0GENES - Look like you have the irrational hate part going on.
briantheliberal says2015-04-24T15:15:28.2876629-05:00
They are both correct. A phobia is an irrational fear, hatred or aversion to something.
briantheliberal says2015-04-24T15:16:38.3945123-05:00
D10GENES, where exactly are your "moral convictions"? Because they don't show anywhere in your ridiculous comment.
Stefy says2015-04-24T17:11:55.6340447-05:00
D10GENES: Actually a lot of people are terrified of gays. Thry fear they eill destroy the family unit and traditional values and plunge the world into godless anarchy via the aids virus and end the human race by turning children gay so they never reproduce. Yeah. Id say they were afraid.

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