Sex Roles

, Volume 71, Issue 3–4, pp 152–158 | Cite as

Homohysteria: Definitions, Context and Intersectionality

  • Mark McCormackEmail author
  • Eric Anderson
Feminist Forum Review Article


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.


Gender Heterosexuality Homohysteria Homophobia Masculinities Theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Applied Social SciencesDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  2. 2.Dept. of Sport StudiesUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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