Two studies examined the hypothesis that men's tendencies to possess more homophobic attitudes than women might underlie the repeated finding that men engage in less intimate same-sex interpersonal touch than women. In the first study, men scored higher on a homophobia attitudes scale and rated themselves as less comfortable with same-sex touch than did women. Moreover, homophobia and lack of comfort with same-sex touch were correlated both within men and across all subjects. In the second study, same-sex dyads of university students were observed covertly in a cafeteria, and frequency of touching was recorded. These subjects were then approached and asked to complete a homophobia attitudes scale. Men scored higher on the homophobia scale and touched their same-sex acquaintance less frequently than did women. Again, homophobia and same-sex touch correlated within both men and women and across all subjects. Taken together, the results offer support for a connection between homophobia and same-sex touch.
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- Social Psychology