Originally Posted by scott snedeker
Homophobia to me is indeed pointing a finger and frankly stigmatizing. It feels like labeling someone a "psychopath." I feel that though it is gratifying retaliation to a gay person who has been trespassed by oppression, it is counter-productive as it polarizes the oppressor further away from compassion and understanding. I
Fingerpointing? I see your point (I could not resist!
), but cannot help but turn the matter around and contemplate using the word heterophobia.
Both homophobia and heterophobia are about being fearful, no? In that sense, it's not about the innate attributes of a person, but rather, what the person is feeling/thinking. Is describing this labeling? And is labeling a bad thing? I guess it would depend on who is doing the labeling.
Its very hard to change something one isn't aware of.