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Heterosexual Aversion in Homosexual Males A Second Experiment

  • Kurt Freund (a1), Ron Langevin (a2) and Yaroslaw Zajac (a2)


A substantial part of Freud's (1925, orig. 1905; 1926, orig. 1922) theorizing on the causes of male homosexuality was the assumption of a fear of the female genitals, and according to Radó (1969) “fear of the genitals of the opposite sex is the basic dynamic of the individual who wants a sexual relationship with a member of the same sex”. Radó's stress on the phobic component in the causation of male homosexuality is shared by many theorists and practising clinicians.



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Heterosexual Aversion in Homosexual Males A Second Experiment

  • Kurt Freund (a1), Ron Langevin (a2) and Yaroslaw Zajac (a2)
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