homosexual panic


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homosexual panic

[¦hō·mə′sek·shə·wəl ′pan·ik]
(psychology)
An acute syndrome that comes as a climax of prolonged tension from unconscious homosexual conflicts or sometimes bisexual tendencies.
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In terms of the lynching "spectacle" in Light in August, though, Faulkner shrewdly muddies the feminine space that constitutes homosocial desire and homosexual panic and, in so doing, (re)places it solely within the exclusive sphere of homosexual desire.
64) The defendant in a homosexual panic defense situation is almost inevitably male; in 1992, Mison failed to find a single example of a reputed lesbian panic defense.
What ensues is a coded mutual homoerotic inquiry which the dramatic action of the novel then deflects to a situation of vulnerability coded as homosexual panic.
As we have seen, Sedgwick denies that such a thing as homosexual panic occurs between women.
37] Thus, even as the homosexual panic in the case of flight attendants was immediate, uncontrolled and visceral, it was also calculated and orchestrated in ways that inevitably benefited the pocketbooks of the airlines.
However, repressed desires and homosexual panic lead to hysteria and self-destruction in both Quentin and Henry.
Pancho is aroused, tries to hide this arousal, but La Manuela notes and speaks that arousal, triggering homosexual panic and a heterosexual identity crisis.