Homohysteria: Definitions, Context and Intersectionality

Mark McCormack*, Eric Anderson

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this article, we engage with the commentaries of our Feminist Forum article (McCormack and Anderson 2014) by Parent et al. (2014), Plummer (2014), Worthen (2014) and Negy (2014) to enhance understanding of the concept homohysteria and to explore its application to a range of demographic groups. Developing a stage model of homohysteria that accounts for both increases and decreases in levels of homophobia in U.S. cultures, we focus on three key issues that were highlighted by the commentaries. First, we discuss the definitional clarity of homohysteria. Next, we argue that while it is important to recognize the diversity of sexualities in the U.S. and historically, it is primarily heterosexuals’ perceptions of homosexuality that are most important. Finally, we call for the incorporation of an intersectional and international approach that extends the concept beyond heterosexual men in the U.S.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalSex Roles
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2014


  • Gender
  • Heterosexuality
  • Homohysteria
  • Homophobia
  • Masculinities
  • Theory


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