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Phronimon

On-line version ISSN 2413-3086
Print version ISSN 1561-4018

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BARNARD, David. The "Gay" and Psychopathology: Interrogating the Sexual Theories of Homophobes. Phronimon [online]. 2019, vol.20, n.1, pp.1-17. ISSN 2413-3086.  http://dx.doi.org/10.25159/2413-3086/6574.

This article seeks to explain and interrogate the sexual theories of homophobes observable on the African continent. I begin by exploring a possible explanation for the emergence and maintenance of certain homophobic sexual theories; Donald Moss's arguments regarding the identification or disidentification economy will serve as a possible theoretical starting point. I then investigate three possible sexual theories of homophobes when mentally preoccupied with "the gay man." Finally, I return to economies of identification as both a colonial perpetuation (in the form of adopting homophobic sexual theories) and as decolonial opportunity (in the form of conflictual identifications). I argue that homophobia and the constituent sexual theories could ideally be dissolved (among other settings) in educational spaces. In these educational spaces, I argue, the homophobe could be identifying with the "non-homophobic" pedagogue, which could bring about the dissolution of homophobia if the identification with the educator is strong enough.

Keywords : homophobia; identification; sexual theories; coloniality; decoloniality.

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